aposematic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

apo- +‎ sematic

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌæpə(ʊ)sɪˈmætɪk/, /-sɛ-/
  • Rhymes: -ætɪk
  • Hyphenation: ap‧o‧se‧mat‧ic

Adjective[edit]

aposematic (comparative more aposematic, superlative most aposematic)

  1. (zoology, of a coloration or marking) That serves as a warning to predators, as of toxicity, especially falsely.
    • 1911, “Colours of Animals”, in The Encyclopædia Britannica, volume V, 11th edition, page 732:
      Episematic characters are far less common than aposematic, and these than cryptic; although, as regards the latter comparison, the opposite impression is generally produced from the fact that concealment is so successfully attained.

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