Etymology
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melanin (n.)

dark brown or black pigment found in animal bodies, 1832, Modern Latin, with chemical suffix -in (2); the first element is from Greek melas (genitive melanos) "black" (see melano-). Related: Melanism; melanistic.

updated on December 19, 2018

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Definitions of melanin from WordNet

melanin (n.)
insoluble pigments that account for the color of e.g. skin and scales and feathers;
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