Definition of melanized in English:


(also melanised)

Pronunciation /ˈmɛlənʌɪzd/


  • 1rare Of a person: having a dark skin colour.

  • 2Biology
    Characterized by the production or accumulation of melanin; darkened as a result of this.

  • 3Soil Science
    Of soils: very dark brown or black owing to the presence of incorporated humus.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Standard. From melano- + -ized.