Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Serving as a warning or signal of danger. Used especially of the coloring of some poisonous animals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Acting as a sign of danger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Significant; ominous; serving as a warning of danger; -- applied esp. to the warning colors or forms of certain animals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Significant; indicative, as of danger; serving as a sign or warning; ominous; monitory; repugnatorial.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Greek sēma, sēmat-, sign.

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