melanic

1 of 2

adjective

me·​lan·​ic mə-ˈla-nik How to pronounce melanic (audio)
1
2
: affected with, causing, or characterized by melanism

melanic

2 of 2

noun

: a melanic individual

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Greek melan-, stem of mélās "black" + -ic entry 1 — more at melano-

Noun

derivative of melanic entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of melanic was in 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Melanic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/melanic. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

melanic

1 of 2 adjective
me·​lan·​ic mə-ˈlan-ik How to pronounce melanic (audio)
1
2
: affected with or characterized by melanism

melanic

2 of 2 noun
: a melanic individual
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