crypsis

noun cryp·sis \ ˈkrip-səs \

Definition of crypsis

:the ability of an organism to conceal itself especially from a predator by having a color, pattern, and shape that allows it to blend into the surrounding environment
  • … legions of tiny fish and shrimps have evolved to live with impunity among these coral tentacles, escaping predators' notice by resembling their hosts, a feat called crypsis.
  • —Les KaufmanNational GeographicNovember 2004
  • Horned lizards have a delightful variety of defenses. Their primary defense is crypsis; their pattern of coloration varies geographically to match the substrate, and their spines obscure their body outlines, making them difficult to see.
  • —Jeff Mitton, Daily Camera (Boulder, Colorado)1 Oct. 2010

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First Known Use of crypsis

1956


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