countershading

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noun coun·ter·shad·ing \ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌshā-diŋ\

Definition of countershading

  1. :  cryptic coloration of an animal with parts normally in shadow being light and parts normally illuminated being dark thereby reducing shadows and contours

1896

First Known Use of countershading

1896


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