Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Melic [ Greek ..., from ... song.] Of or pertaining to song; lyric; tuneful.
Melic grass (Botany) A genus of grasses ( Melica ) of little agricultural importance.
Melicerous adjective [ Latin meliceris a kind of tumor, from Greek ...; me`li honey + ... wax.] (Medicine) Consisting of or containing matter like honey; -- said of certain encysted tumors.
Melicratory noun [ Greek meli`kraton .] A meadlike drink. [ Obsolete]
Melilite (mĕl"ĭ*līt) noun [ Greek me`li honey + -lite ; confer French mélilithe .] (Min.) A mineral occurring in small yellow crystals, found in the lavas ( melilite basalt ) of Vesuvius, and elsewhere. [ Written also mellilite .]
Melilot (-lŏt) noun [ French mélilot , Latin melilotus , from Greek ..., ..., a kind of clover containing honey; me`li honey + ... lotus.] (Botany) Any species of Melilotus , a genus of leguminous herbs having a vanillalike odor; sweet clover; hart's clover. The blue melilot ( Melilotus cærulea ) is used in Switzerland to give color and flavor to sapsago cheese.
Melilotic adjective (Chemistry) Of, pertaining to, or obtained from, sweet clover or melilot; specifically, designating an acid of the aromatic series, obtained from melilot as a white crystalline substance.
Mélinite noun [ French] (Chemistry) A high explosive similar to lyddite, consisting principally of picric acid, used in the French military service.
(mēl"yo*rāt) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Meliorated
(- rā`tĕd); present participle & verbal noun Meliorating
.] [ Latin melioratus
, past participle of meliorare
to meliorate, from melior
better; akin to Greek ma^llon
very. Confer Ameliorate
.] To make better; to improve; to ameliorate; to soften; to make more tolerable.
Nature by art we nobly meliorate . Denham.
The pure and benign light of revelation has had a meliorating influence on mankind. Washington.
Meliorate intransitive verb To grow better.
Melioration noun [ Latin melioratio .] The act or operation of meliorating, or the state of being meliorated; improvement. Bacon.
Meliorator noun One who meliorates.
Meliorism noun [ From Latin melior better.] The doctrine that there is a tendency throughout nature toward improvement. J. Sully.
[ Late Latin melioritas
, from Latin melior
. See Meliorate
.] The state or quality of being better; melioration.
[ Obsolete] Bacon.
Meliphagan adjective [ Greek me`li honey + ... to eat.] (Zoology) Belonging to the genus Meliphaga .
Meliphagan noun (Zoology) Any bird of the genus Meliphaga and allied genera; a honey eater; -- called also meliphagidan .
[ See Meliphagan
.] (Zool.) Eating, or feeding upon, honey.
; plural Melismata
. [ New Latin , from Greek me`lisma
a song.] (Mus.) (a) A piece of melody; a song or tune, -- as opposed to recitative or musical declamation. (b) A grace or embellishment.
Melissa noun [ New Latin , from Greek me`lissa a bee, honey.] (Botany) A genus of labiate herbs, including the balm, or bee balm ( Melissa officinalis ).
Melissic adjective [ Greek me`lissa a bee, honey.] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or derived from, beeswax; specif., denoting an acid obtained by oxidation of myricin.
ic + yl
.] (Chemistry) See Myricyl .
ic + -yl
.] (Chemistry) See Melene .
Melitose noun [ Greek me`li honey.] (Chemistry) A variety of sugar isomeric with sucrose, extracted from cotton seeds and from the so- called Australian manna (a secretion of certain species of Eucalyptus).
Mell intransitive verb & t.
[ French mêler
, Old French meller
. See Meddle
.] To mix; to meddle.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ See Mellifluous
[ Obsolete] Warner.
Mell noun A mill. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ Latin mel
, honey. Confer Mellitate
.] (Chemistry) A mellitate.
Mellay noun A mêlée; a conflict. Tennyson.
Mellic adjective (Chemistry) See Mellitic .
Melliferous adjective [ Latin mellifer ; mel , mellis , honey + ferre to bear.] Producing honey.
[ Latin mel
, honey + -ficare
(in comp.) to make. See - fy
.] Producing honey.
[ Latin mellificare
to make honey: confer French mellification
. See Mellific
.] The making or production of honey.
Mellifluence noun A flow of sweetness, or a sweet, smooth flow.
[ Latin mellifluens
. See Mellifluous
.] Flowing as with honey; smooth; mellifluous.
Mellifluently adverb In a mellifluent manner.
[ Latin mellifluus
, honey (akin to Greek ..., Goth. milip
) + fluere
to flow. See Mildew
, and confer Marmalade
.] Flowing as with honey; smooth; flowing sweetly or smoothly; as, a mellifluous voice.
Melligenous adjective [ Latin mel , mellis + -genous .] Having the qualities of honey. [ R.]
Melligo noun [ Latin ] Honeydew.
Melliloquent adjective [ Latin mel , mellis honey + loquens speaking, present participle of loqui to speak.] Speaking sweetly or harmoniously.
[ Confer French mellitate
. See Mellitic
.] (Chemistry) A salt of mellitic acid.
Mellite noun [ Latin mel , mellis , honey: confer French mellite .] (Min.) A mineral of a honey color, found in brown coal, and partly the result of vegetable decomposition; honeystone. It is a mellitate of alumina.
[ Confer French mellitique
. See Mellite
.] (Chemistry) (a) Containing saccharine matter; marked by saccharine secretions; as, mellitic diabetes. (b) Pertaining to, or derived from, the mineral mellite. Mellitic acid (Chemistry)
, a white, crystalline, organic substance, C 6 (CO 2 H) 6 , occurring naturally in combination with aluminium in the mineral mellite, and produced artificially by the oxidation of coal, graphite, etc., and hence called also graphitic acid .
Mellone noun (Chemistry) A yellow powder, C 6 H 3 N 9 , obtained from certain sulphocyanates. It has acid properties and forms compounds called mellonides .