- serving as a sign or warning of danger, as the conspicuous colors or markings of certain poisonous animals.
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.
- (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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