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Melanerpes Carolinus
Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Melanerpes formicivorus
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melanism definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a condition characterized by abnormal deposits of melanin (especially in the skin) [syn: melanosis, melanism]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1843 1. an increased amount of black or nearly black pigmentation (as of skin, feathers, or hair) of an individual or kind of organism compare industrial melanism 2. intense human pigmentation of the skin, eyes, and hair melanistic adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. an unusual darkening of body tissues caused by excessive production of melanin.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Melanism Mel"a*nism, n. (Ethnol.) The character of having a high degree of pigmentation, as shown in dark skin, eyes, and hair.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Melanism Mel"a*nism (m[e^]l"[.a]*n[i^]z'm), n. [Gr. me`las, -anos, black.] 1. An undue development of dark-colored pigment in the skin or its appendages; -- the opposite of albinism. 2. (Med.) A disease; black jaundice. See Mel?na.



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