color phase

noun

Definition of color phase

1 : a seasonally variant pelage color
2 a : 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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1881

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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