from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or related to melanin; black-pigmented.
  • adjective Of or affected with melanosis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pigment resembling or belonging to the melanins.
  • Having a black or dark appearance.


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  • There is a black variety of the chanko, as there is of the European wolf, and by some he is considered a distinct species, but is really a melanoid variety, though Kinloch writes: "The black chanko is rather larger than the grey one; he is of a beautiful glossy black, with a small white star on the chest and a few grey hairs about the muzzle."

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

  • A melanoid variety of this species is mentioned by Dr. Anderson as being in the Leyden Museum.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon


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