EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Ethnology the condition in human beings of having a high amount of melanin granules in the skin, hair, and eyes. . Zoology the condition in which an unusually high concentration of melanin occurs in the skin, plumage, or pelage of an animal. Origin of melanism
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-ism Related forms mel·a·nis·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for melanism Historical Examples of melanism British Dictionary definitions for melanism noun the condition in man and animals of having dark-coloured or black skin, feathers, etc. Industrial melanism is the occurrence of dark varieties of animals, esp moths, in smoke-blackened industrial regions, in which they are well camouflaged Derived Forms melanistic, adjective
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n. melanosis Dark coloration of the skin, hair, fur, or feathers because of a high concentration of melanin.
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Dark coloration of the skin, hair, fur, or feathers because of a high concentration of melanin.
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