adjective Zoology.
colored or constructed in a way that indicates special capabilities for defense.

1885–90; apo- + sematic

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

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