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[mel-vil] /ˈmɛl vɪl/
Herman, 1819–91, U.S. novelist.
Lake, a saltwater lake on the E coast of Labrador, Newfoundland, in E Canada, separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a narrow inlet: the mouth of the Churchill River is at its W end. About 1133 sq. mi. (2935 sq. km).
a male given name.
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Melvillean, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • On the siege being raised, Melville left Poitiers for Geneva, footing it all the way in the company of a few fellow-students.

    Andrew Melville William Morison
  • Melville is an island of more than a mile in circumference, with low, rocky shores.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • To gain information on these points, Murray sent to Melville to come and meet him on the border.

  • Melville was to submit this mineral to Brand, and let me know what he thought about it.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • The appetite of the young queen having been satisfied, Melville insisted on Red Feather sharing what was left with him.

    The Story of Red Feather Edward S. (Edward Sylvester) Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for Melville


Herman. 1819–91, US novelist and short-story writer. Among his works, Moby Dick (1851) and Billy Budd (written 1891, published 1924) are outstanding
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