Definition of Melanian

1. n. One of a family of fresh-water pectinibranchiate mollusks, having a turret-shaped shell.



Definition of Melanian

1. Noun. (zoology) One of a family of freshwater pectinibranchiate mollusks with a turret-shaped shell. ¹

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Definition of Melanian

1. pertaining to dark pigmentation [adj]

Medical Definition of Melanian

1. One of a family of fresh water pectinibranchiate mollusks, having a turret-shaped shell. (19 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Melanian

melancholious
melancholist
melancholists
melancholize
melancholized
melancholizes
melancholizing
melancholy
melancholy thistle
melanedema
melanemia
melanesia
melange
melanges
melangians
melanian (current term)
melanians
melanic
melanics
melanidrosis
melaniferous
melaniline
melanin
melaninization
melanins
melanise
melanisms
melanist
melanistic

Literary usage of Melanian

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1. On the Anatomy of Vertebrates by Richard Owen (1868)
"instances, especially in the melanian varieties, from the middle of the grinding surface, at right angles to that dividing the two outer cusps, ..."

2. On the Anatomy of Vertebrates by Richard Owen (1868)
"257, m 3, is the smallest of the three molars in both jaws, but the difference is less in the melanian than in the Caucasian races. ..."

3. The British poets, including translations by British poets (1822)
"melanian.] The gulf of Melas. The Greek scholiast quotes Eudoxus, ... The name of melanian, or Melas, is said to be derived either from Melas, ..."

4. The Works of the Greek and Roman Poets (1813)
"... sea had obtained the name of melanian, and that the ... The name of melanian, or Melas, is said to be derived either from Melas, ..."

5. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"... melanian (me-la'ni-an), a. and 11. [< Melanin + -«».] I. a. ... melanian in a strict sense ; of or pertaining to the ..."

6. Structural and Systematic Conchology: An Introduction to the Study of the by George Washington Tryon (1882)
"A single melanian, and a few Physa, Limnaea and Planorbis constitute the fluviatile gastropods. The Pacific subregion is rather bare of mollusks also, ..."

7. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"The species is involute, a unique character, none of the fossil forms of the family possessing it. He also described a Central American melanian under the ..."

8. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The Papuans, as they are called (the name is unknown to themselves), belong to the melanian family: they are larger than the Malay, are dark brown or black ..."

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