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.
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