Definition of melanian
1 : of dark or black pigmentation
2 usually capitalized, dated : belonging to a race characterized by dark skin pigmentation
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of melanian
French mélanien, from mélan- melan- + -ien -ian
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up melanian? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).