Pronunciation: (mel'vil), [key]
1. Herman, 1819–91, U.S. novelist.
2. Lake, a saltwater lake on the E coast of Labrador, Newfoundland, in E Canada, separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a narrow inlet: the mouth of the Churchill River is at its W end. ab. 1133 sq. mi. (2935 sq. km).
3. a male given name.
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