apo- + sematic
- IPA(key): /ˌæpə(ʊ)sɪˈmætɪk/, /-sɛ-/
- Rhymes: -ætɪk
- Hyphenation: ap‧o‧se‧mat‧ic
aposematic (comparative more aposematic, superlative most aposematic)
- (zoology, of a coloration or marking) That serves as a warning to predators, as of toxicity, especially falsely.
1911, “Colours of Animals”, in The Encyclopædia Britannica, volume V, 11th edition, page 732:
- Episematic characters are far less common than aposematic, and these than cryptic; although, as regards the latter comparison, the opposite impression is generally produced from the fact that concealment is so successfully attained.