Meaning of Mertensian in English:

Mertensian

adjective

Zoology
  • Designating a proposed form of mimicry in which the model is a distasteful or moderately noxious animal and its mimic is a lethal or highly noxious one.

    The highly noxious animal could not itself be the model because a predator could not learn to avoid it (being killed by any encounter).

Pronunciation

Mertensian

/məːˈtɛnsɪən/ /məːˈtɛnzɪən/

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in Robert D. Martin (b. 1942). From the name of Robert Mertens, German zoologist, who described such a pattern of mimicry in 1966 + -ian.