/si mat"ik/, adj. Biol.
serving as a sign or warning of danger, as the conspicuous colors or markings of certain poisonous animals.
[1885-90; < Gk semat- (s. of sêma) sign + -IC]

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  • sematic — se·mat·ic …   English syllables

  • sematic — se•mat•ic [[t]sɪˈmæt ɪk[/t]] adj. anb warning of danger, as a conspicuous marking on a poisonous animal • Etymology: 1885–90; < Gk sēmat (s. of sêma) sign …   From formal English to slang

  • sematic — /səˈmætɪk/ (say suh matik) adjective serving as a sign or warning of danger, as the conspicuous colours or markings of certain poisonous animals. {Greek sema sign + ic} …   Australian English dictionary

  • sematic —   a. Zoology, (of coloration) serving as a warning.    ♦ sematography n. writing in signs and not letters.    ♦ sematology, n. semantics …   Dictionary of difficult words

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