Black, Dark (melaina)
MELAINE (Melaena) was a Naiad-nymph of the springs of Delphoi in Phokis (central Greece). She was the daughter of the river-god Kephisos (Cephisus) and the mother by Apollon of Delphos (Delphus), the eponymous founder of the town.
Melaine was likely numbered amongst the Korykiai (Coryciae)--the nymphs of the sacred Korykian cave. Her name, meaning "the Black", would seem to suggest she presided over a subterranean spring.
KEPHISOS (Pausanias 10.6.4)
DELPHOS (by Apollon) (Pausanias 10.6.4)
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
Pausanias, Description of Greece 10. 6. 4 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"They hold that Delphos (Delphus) [eponymous founder of Delphoi (Delphi) in Phokis] was a son of Apollon and Thyia. Others say that his mother was Melaina (Melaena), daughter of Kephisos (Cephisus)."
- Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.