aposematic

[ ap-uh-suh-mat-ik ]
/ ˌæp ə səˈmæt ɪk /

adjective Zoology.

colored or constructed in a way that indicates special capabilities for defense.

Nearby words

  1. apopyle,
  2. aporepressor,
  3. aporetic,
  4. aporia,
  5. aport,
  6. aposematic coloration,
  7. aposiopesis,
  8. apospory,
  9. apostasy,
  10. apostate

Origin of aposematic

First recorded in 1885–90; apo- + sematic

Related formsap·o·se·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for aposematic

aposematic

/ (ˌæpəsɪˈmætɪk) /

adjective

(of the coloration of certain distasteful or poisonous animals) characterized by bright conspicuous markings, which predators recognize and learn to avoid; warning

Word Origin for aposematic

C19: from apo- + Greek sēma sign

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