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μέλα_ς, μέλαινα, μέλαν , dat. μείλανι, comp. μελάντερος: dark, black, in the general and extensive meaning of these words, opp. λευκός, Il. 3.103; said of dust, steel, blood, wine, water, grapes, ships, clouds, evening, night, death.—As subst., μέλαν δρυός, i. e. the ‘heart-wood,’ which is always the darkest, Od. 14.12.
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