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  1. Pathology. melanotic.
  2. of or relating to melanism.
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Origin of melanic

First recorded in 1815–25; melan- + -ic
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Examples from the Web for melanic

Historical Examples

  • "It was the melanic type of the jaguar and very rare," he said regretfully.

    The Inca Emerald

    Samuel Scoville

  • It is blackish in colour, but is not a melanic variety of the last.

  • Perhaps a melanic variety of the more widely spread A. tniolella.

    Island Life

    Alfred Russel Wallace

  • In these cases the advanced condition in the series of melanic colors appears only late in ontogeny.

  • Specimens of the last form are intermediate between the type and the melanic ab.

British Dictionary definitions for melanic


  1. relating to melanism or melanosis
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melanic in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or exhibiting melanism.
  2. Of, relating to, or affected with melanosis; melanotic.
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