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A freshwater snail of the former family Melaniidae (now separated into the Melanopsidae, Pleuroceridae, and Thiaridae).
Of or relating to the former family Melaniidae.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From scientific Latin Melania, genus name + -an, after French mélanien.
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