sematic

[si-mat-ik]

Origin of sematic

1885–90; < Greek sēmat- (stem of sêma) sign + -ic
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sematic

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

Word Origin for sematic

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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