Definition of melainotype in English:

melainotype

noun

Photography
  • A collodion photograph on either glass or metal, especially one on glass that has to be viewed against a dark background.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Porter's Spirit of Times. From ancient Greek μελαίνειν to turn black + -o- + -type.

Pronunciation

melainotype

/mɪˈleɪnə(ʊ)tʌɪp//mɪˈlʌɪnə(ʊ)tʌɪp/