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protective coloration

coloration or anything likened to it that eliminates or reduces visibility or conspicuousness.
Origin of protective coloration
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • There is much in natural selection; there is much in protective coloration.

  • A very handsome little species occuring rarely with us, or perhaps overlooked by virtue of its protective coloration.

    The North American Slime-Moulds

    Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
  • He also went to the British Museum with me to look into various matters, including the question of protective coloration.

  • He would have laughed at any such foolish phrase as “protective coloration.”

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • protective coloration we recognize and understand—it is an every-day phenomenon—but sthetic tastes in colour we utterly reject.

  • This sort of protective appearance is intensified by exactly the same means as that which brought about protective coloration.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • One aspect of protective coloration has been brought to our attention by the artist, Mr. Abbott N. Thayer.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Its commonest form is the protective coloration of a neutral respectability, an insipidity of character.

  • Only, the soldiers did not use their protective coloration naturally and by instinct.

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • This is an instance of what is known as adaptive or protective coloration, which we need not go abroad to observe.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
British Dictionary definitions for protective coloration

protective coloration

the coloration of an animal that enables it to blend with its surroundings and therefore escape the attention of predators
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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