aposematic

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

adjective Zoology.

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

Origin of aposematic

First recorded in 1885–90; apo- + sematic

Related forms

ap·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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