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British Dictionary definitions for metachrosis


  1. zoology the ability of some animals, such as chameleons, to change their colour
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Word Origin

C19: from meta- + Greek khrōs colour
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Historical Examples

  • The following description of metachrosis in seven specimens from the Ro Claro illustrates the change.

    Descriptions of New Hylid Frogs From Mexico and Central America

    William E. Duellman