Containing melanin or other black pigment. [melan- (melanin) + L. ferro, to carry]

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mel·a·nif·er·ous .mel-ə-'nif-ə-rəs adj of a body structure containing black pigment

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mel·a·nif·er·ous (mel″ə-nifґər-əs) [melanin + -ferous] containing melanin or other black pigment.

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