aposematic

adjective
apo·​se·​mat·​ic | \ ˌa-pə-si-ˈma-tik How to pronounce aposematic (audio) \

Definition of aposematic

: being conspicuous and serving to warn aposematic coloration in butterflies

Other Words from aposematic

aposematically \ ˌa-​pə-​si-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce aposematic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of aposematic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The minute creatures are vibrantly colored and speckled (a phenomena called aposematic coloration) in order to deter predators from eating them. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 26 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of aposematic

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aposematic

apo- + Greek sēmat-, sēma sign

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The first known use of aposematic was in 1890

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“Aposematic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aposematic. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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