Aposematic Ap`o*se*mat"ic, a. [Pref. apo- + sematic.] (Zo["o]l.) Having or designating conspicuous or warning colors or structures indicative of special means of defense against enemies, as in the skunk. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] ||

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  • aposematic — [ap΄ō si mat′ik, ap΄əsi mat′ik] adj. [ APO + SEMATIC] Zool. serving to warn off potential attackers: said of an animal s warning coloration: see APATETIC aposematically adv …   English World dictionary

  • aposematic — adjective Etymology: apo + Greek sēmat , sēma sign Date: 1890 being conspicuous and serving to warn < aposematic coloration in butterflies > • aposematically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aposematic mechanism — ▪ biology  biological means by which a dangerous, or noxious, organism advertises its dangerous nature to potential predators (predation). The predator, having recognized the dangerous organism as an unfavourable prey, thereupon desists from… …   Universalium

  • aposematic coloration — noun conspicuous coloration or markings of an animal serving to warn off predators a skunk s aposematic coloration • Syn: ↑warning coloration • Hypernyms: ↑protective coloration …   Useful english dictionary

  • aposematic — referring to a colour or structure that warns of a special means of defense against a predator …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • aposematic — adj. [Gr. apo, away; sema, signal] Warning coloration or structures that repel predators, also including movements, sounds, smells, etc; see allosematic color, sematic …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • aposematic — aposematically, adv. /ap euh seuh mat ik/, adj. Zool. colored or constructed in a way that indicates special capabilities for defense. [1885 90; APO + SEMATIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • aposematic — adjective That serves as a warning to predators, as of toxicity, especially falsely …   Wiktionary

  • aposematic — [ˌapə(ʊ)sɪ matɪk] adjective Zoology denoting coloration or markings serving to warn or repel predators. Derivatives aposematism noun Origin C19: from apo + Gk sēma sign + atic …   English new terms dictionary

  • aposematic — ap·o·se·mat·ic …   English syllables

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