albo-, alb-, -albify; albus
(Latin: white; pale)
This unit is directly related to the albumino- unit.
2. A group of inherited disorders with deficiency or absence of pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes, or eyes only, due to an abnormality in production of melanin.
2. By extension, any animal having the same peculiarity, as white mice, rabbits, cats, elephants, etc.
3. Sometimes also said of plants in which no chlorophyll is developed in the leaves. Also known as albinism.
The term was originally applied to black Africans who were mottled with white spots (according to Webster's New International Dictionary, 2nd ed., unabridged; G&C Merriam Co., Springfield, MA; 1950).
2. Etymology: from Old French auborne, from Middle Latin alburnus, "off-white, whitish"; from Latin albus, "white".
It came into English meaning "yellowish-white, flaxen", but shifted in the 16th century to "reddish-brown" under the influence of Middle English brun, "brown", which also changed the spelling.
Another source states that it comes from Old French; influenced in the sense by the similarity of the variant spelling abrun to brun, "brown"; from Medieval Latin alburnus "whitish" and Latin albus, "white".
Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units meaning "white": albumino-; leuco-.