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Melania derives from the Greek word μελανία (melania) meaning "black, dark"[1] and may refer to:


  • Saint Melania, Melania the Elder (350–410), an influential figure in the Christian ascetic movement
  • Saint Melania, Melania the Younger (383–439), a Christian saint who lived during the reign of Emperor Flavius Augustus Honorius

Modern names[edit]


  • Melania Lamarck, 1799 is a synonym for Thiara Röding, 1798, a genus of gastropods
  • Melania Wallengren, 1863 is a synonym for Siccia Walker, 1854, a genus of lepidoptera

See also[edit]


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