Mül·​le·​ri·​an myü-ˈlir-ē-ən How to pronounce Müllerian (audio)
variants or Mullerian or müllerian or mullerian
: of, relating to, or being mimicry that exists between two or more inedible or dangerous species (as of butterflies or bees) and that is considered in evolutionary theory to be a mechanism which reduces loss to predation by simplifying the warning colors and patterns a predator must recognize
Mullerian mimicry differs from Batesian mimicry in that all the species in the complex are unpalatable, they cannot be distinguished by predators, and they must be found in the same place at the same time.Arthur V. Evans and Charles L. Bellamy
a Müllerian mimic

Word History


Fritz Müller †1897 German zoologist

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Müllerian was in 1898

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Cite this Entry

“Müllerian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/M%C3%BCllerian. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or Mullerian or müllerian or mullerian also Muellerian or muellerian
: of, relating to, derived from, or involving the Müllerian duct
Müllerian anomalies
Mullerian aplasia
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