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Monday, February 22, 2016

Definitions for apatetic

  1. Zoology. assuming colors and forms that effect deceptive camouflage.

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Citations for apatetic
In the following scheme Protective and Aggressive Resemblances are grouped with Mimicry under the first head of Apatetic Colours, because an animal is thus made to resemble some other species or some other object. Edward Bagnall Poulton, The Colours of Animals: Their Meaning and Use Especially Considered in the Case of Insects, 1890
I am apatetic, adapting to each new environment so that my true self, if indeed one exists, remains safely invisible. Todd Wiggins, Zeitgeist, 1996
Origin of apatetic
Apatetic stems from the Greek word apatētikós meaning "fallacious," drawing on the Greek verb apateúein, "to deceive." It entered English in the late 1800s.