Batesian mimicry


Definition of Batesian mimicry

: resemblance of an innocuous species to another that is protected from predators by unpalatability or other qualities

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First Known Use of Batesian mimicry

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Batesian mimicry

Henry Walter Bates †1892 English naturalist + English -ian

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“Batesian mimicry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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