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Meaning of warning coloration

warn'ing colora'tion

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— Biol. Biol.
  1. 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.
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