Definitions

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  • adj. defensive or repulsive, particularly as applied to glands of certain invertebrates, with which they produce poisonous or repugnant secretions when under threat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Repugnant; serving as a means of defense by repelling enemies: specific in the phrase.

Etymologies

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From Latin repugnatorius

Examples

  • Many have special repugnatorial glands that produce ill-smelling and/or caustic fluids that ooze through openings along the side.

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  • Serving to repel predators; defensive.

    November 12, 2007