melanism

noun mel·a·nism \ ˈme-lə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of melanism

1 : an increased amount of black or nearly black pigmentation (as of skin, feathers, or hair) of an individual or kind of organism — compare industrial melanism
2 : intense human pigmentation of the skin, eyes, and hair

melanistic

play \ˌme-lə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective

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First Known Use of melanism

1843


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melanism

noun mel·a·nism \ ˈmel-ə-ˌniz-əm \

medical Definition of melanism

1 : an increased amount of black or nearly black pigmentation (as of skin, feathers, or hair) of an individual or kind of organism
2 : intense human pigmentation in skin, eyes, and hair

melanistic

play \ˌmel-ə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective

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