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Mel·ville(mĕl′vĭl), Herman 1819-1891.
American writer whose experiences at sea provided the factual basis of the highly allegorical novel Moby-Dick (1851). His other works include short stories, such as "Bartleby the Scrivener" (1856), and the novella Billy Budd (published posthumously in 1924).
Mel·vil′le·an (-vĭl′ē-ən) adj.
(Biography) Herman. 1819–91, US novelist and short-story writer. Among his works, Moby Dick (1851) and Billy Budd (written 1891, published 1924) are outstanding
1. Herman, 1819–91, U.S. novelist.
2. Lake, a saltwater lake on the E coast of Labrador, Newfoundland, in E Canada. ab. 1133 sq. mi. (2935 sq. km).
Mel•vil′le•an, adj., n.