Definition of "melanoid" [melanoid]

  • Of or related to melanin; black-pigmented. (adjective)
  • Of or affected with melanosis. (adjective)

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Use "melanoid" in a sentence
  • "There is a black variety of the chanko, as there is of the European wolf, and by some he is considered a distinct species, but is really a melanoid variety, though Kinloch writes: "The black chanko is rather larger than the grey one; he is of a beautiful glossy black, with a small white star on the chest and a few grey hairs about the muzzle.""
  • "A melanoid variety of this species is mentioned by Dr. Anderson as being in the Leyden Museum."