color phase

noun

Definition of color phase 

1 : a seasonally variant pelage color

2a : a genetic variant manifested by the occurrence of a skin or pelage color unlike the wild type of the animal group in which it appears

b : an individual marked by such a variant

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The color phase breakdown was 44% red, 20% intermediate, 14% split, 11% brown and 10% gray. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: National hunt takes pulse of ruffed grouse, woodcock populations," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of color phase

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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