melanism [ mel- uh-niz- uhm ] SHOW IPA / ˈmɛl əˌnɪz əm / PHONETIC RESPELLING 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. QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
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Origin of melanism
First recorded in 1835–45;
-ism OTHER WORDS FROM melanism mel·a·nis·tic, adjective Words nearby melanism Melanie
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Example sentences from the Web 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 another name for melanosis Derived forms of melanism 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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