Batesian

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adjective Bates·ian \ ˈbāt-sē-ən \

Definition of Batesian

:characterized by or being mimicry involving resemblance of an innocuous species to another that is protected from predators by repellent qualities (such as unpalatability)
  • a Batesian mimic

Origin and Etymology of batesian

Henry Walter Bates †1892 English naturalist


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