Definition of melanian in English:

melanian

noun

Zoology
rare
  • A freshwater snail of the former family Melaniidae (now separated into the Melanopsidae, Pleuroceridae, and Thiaridae).

adjective

Zoology
rare
  • Of or relating to the former family Melaniidae.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From scientific Latin Melania, genus name + -an, after French mélanien.

Pronunciation

melanian

/mɪˈleɪnɪən/