- a combining form meaning “black,” used in the formation of compound words: melanocyte.
Also especially before a vowel, melan-.
Origin of melano-
< Greek, combining form of mélās
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before a vowel melan-
- black or darkmelanin; melanism; melanocyte; melanoma
from Greek melas black
Word Origin and History for melano-
word-forming element meaning "black," from Greek melano-, comb. form of melas (genitive melanos) "black, dark, murky" (see melanin).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Black; dark:melanin.