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sematic

[si-mat-ik]
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adjective Biology.
  1. serving as a sign or warning of danger, as the conspicuous colors or markings of certain poisonous animals.
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Origin of sematic

1885–90; < Greek sēmat- (stem of sêma) sign + -ic
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  • It will be found that in many cases the argument here made use of applies equally to the origin of cryptic and sematic colours.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6

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British Dictionary definitions for sematic

sematic

adjective
  1. (of the conspicuous coloration of certain animals) acting as a warning, esp to potential predators
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek sēma a sign
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Word Origin and History for sematic

adj.

"significant, indicative," 1890, from Greek semat-, comb. form of sema (genitive sematos) "sign" (see semantic) + -ic. Used especially in biology, in reference to "warning" colors, etc.

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