Melanic is a neat word I came across this week which I know but can’t say I’ll use that often. And as such I’ve actually gone with a photo instead of an illustration this time. My thought being, an illustration serves the function of looking good and by making it, it helps us remember what the word is all about. It’s something we make when no picture exists and we need one. Maybe taking a photo isn’t an option or is hard or expensive to get. But in this case none of these things seems to apply. Here, I’ve already got a great photo and there’s no need for an illustration. The word actually seems to be the opposite of albino and is called . . .


Maybe you’ve heard of melanin? That’s the chemical in our skin that makes it light or dark and determines the color of our skin.

melanin |ˈmelənin|
noun – a dark brown to black pigment occurring in the hair, skin, and iris of the eye in people and animals. It is responsible for tanning of skin exposed to sunlight.

mid 19th cent.: from Greek melas, melan- black




albino |alˈbīnō|
noun (pl. albinosa person or animal having a congenital absence of pigment in the skin and hair (which are white) and the eyes (which are typically pink).

• informal an abnormally white animal or plant: [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][ as modifier ] an albino tiger.

albinism |ˈalbəˌnizəmnoun

early 18th cent.: from Portuguese (originally denoting albinos among African blacks) and Spanish, from albo (from Latin albuswhite) + the suffix -ino



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