warning coloration
noun Date: 1928 conspicuous coloration possessed by an animal (as an insect) otherwise effectively but not obviously defended that serves to warn off potential enemies

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  • warning coloration — noun conspicuous coloration or markings of an animal serving to warn off predators a skunk s aposematic coloration • Syn: ↑aposematic coloration • Hypernyms: ↑protective coloration …   Useful english dictionary

  • warning coloration — brilliant, conspicuous coloration of poisonous or unpalatable animals, as a warning to potential predators …   Medical dictionary

  • warning coloration — Biol. a bold, distinctive pattern of color characteristic of a poisonous or unpalatable organism, as the skunk or the monarch butterfly, that functions as a warning to and defense against predators. [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • warning coloration — Conspicuous colors of invertebrates causing predators to ignore them as food, either because they are poisonous or distasteful or because they are mimicking organisms possessing disagreeable qualities; see sematic, aposematic, pseudaposematic …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • warning coloration — noun Zoology conspicuous colouring that warns a predator that an animal is unpalatable or poisonous …   English new terms dictionary

  • coloration — colorational, adj. colorationally, adv. /kul euh ray sheuhn/, n. appearance with regard to color arrangement or use of colors; coloring: the bold coloration of some birds. [1605 15; COLOR + ATION] * * * ▪ biology Introduction       in biology,… …   Universalium

  • Warning system — A warning system is any system of biological or technical nature deployed by an individual or group to inform of a future danger. Its purpose is to enable the deployer of the warning system to prepare for the danger and act accordingly to… …   Wikipedia

  • warning — n. 1 in senses of WARN v. 2 anything that serves to warn; a hint or indication of difficulty, danger, etc. 3 archaic = NOTICE n. 3b. Phrases and idioms: warning coloration Biol. conspicuous colouring that warns a predator etc. against attacking.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Animal coloration — Chapman s Zebras in Botswana, displaying their outline disrupting camouflage Animal coloration has been a topic of interest and research in biology for well over a century. According to Charles Darwin s 1859 theory of natural selection,[1 …   Wikipedia

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