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[ap-uh-suh-mat-ik] /ˌæp ə səˈmæt ɪk/
adjective, Zoology
colored or constructed in a way that indicates special capabilities for defense.
Origin of aposematic
1885-90; apo- + sematic
Related forms
aposematically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aposematic
  • Any signal can be aposematic, and it doesn't have to be garish, or even conspicuous.
  • aposematic colors, as they're known, tend to cover the whole body.
  • Conspicuous coloration and wing flicking behavior are aposematic warnings to potential predators.
British Dictionary definitions for aposematic


(of the coloration of certain distasteful or poisonous animals) characterized by bright conspicuous markings, which predators recognize and learn to avoid; warning
Word Origin
C19: from apo- + Greek sēma sign
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