Mül·​le·​ri·​an | \ myü-ˈlir-ē-ən How to pronounce Müllerian (audio) , mi-, ˌmə- \
variants: or Mullerian or müllerian or mullerian

Definition of Müllerian

: 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

First Known Use of Müllerian

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Müllerian

Fritz Müller †1897 German zoologist

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“Müllerian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/M%C3%BCllerian. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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variants: or Mullerian also müllerian or mullerian or Muellerian or muellerian \ myü-​ˈlir-​ē-​ən, mi-​, mə-​ \

Medical Definition of Müllerian

: of, relating to, derived from, or involving the Müllerian duct Müllerian anomalies Mullerian aplasia

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