from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pigment cell that contains melanin, especially as found in the skin of amphibians and reptiles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A cell containing melanin or other black pigment, such as are found in fish, amphibians, and reptiles
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large cell which contains dark pigment-granules. Typical examples occur in the common fence-lizard, Anolis, which turns from green to brown.
- n. The dark-brown chromatophore of the algæ.
melano- + -phore (Wiktionary)
African clawed frog (Xenopus Laevis) sport unique melanophore (pigment cells) that slowly move across the skin of the animal.