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[mel-vil] /ˈmɛl vɪl/
Herman, 1819–91, U.S. novelist.
Lake, a saltwater lake on the E coast of Labrador, Newfoundland, in E Canada, separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a narrow inlet: the mouth of the Churchill River is at its W end. About 1133 sq. mi. (2935 sq. km).
a male given name.
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Melvillean, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • Melville is an island of more than a mile in circumference, with low, rocky shores.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The manager has nothing to do with Melville's private affairs.'

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  • You can set down Mr. Melville's name with perfect confidence.

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  • Melville then said he had no objection to taking a trip to Canada.

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  • They found young Longworth there in company with Melville, who was to be his companion on the voyage.

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British Dictionary definitions for Melville


Herman. 1819–91, US novelist and short-story writer. Among his works, Moby Dick (1851) and Billy Budd (written 1891, published 1924) are outstanding
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