Bates·​ian ˈbāt-sē-ən How to pronounce Batesian (audio)
: 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

Word History


Henry Walter Bates †1892 English naturalist

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Batesian was in 1895

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“Batesian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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