countershading

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

Definition of countershading

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

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1896


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