• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Melanian (Zoöl) One of a family of fresh-water pectinibranchiate mollusks, having a turret-shaped shell.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • melanian Pertaining to the Melaniidæ, or having their characters.
    • n melanian A member of the family Melaniidæ.
    • melanian In anthropology, used as the equivalent of Negrito and also of Negroid.
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In literature:

The conical form is best expressed in the Melanian races, especially the Australian.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition)" by Charles Darwin