apatetic

[ap-uh-tet-ik]

adjective Zoology.

assuming colors and forms that effect deceptive camouflage.

Nearby words

  1. apartment house,
  2. apartmental,
  3. apartmentize,
  4. apast,
  5. apastron,
  6. apathetic,
  7. apathia,
  8. apathism,
  9. apathy,
  10. apatite

Origin of apatetic

1885–90; < Greek apatētikós fallacious, equivalent to apatē- (variant stem of apateúein to deceive) + -tikos -tic

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British Dictionary definitions for apatetic

apatetic

adjective

of or relating to coloration that disguises and protects an animal

Word Origin for apatetic

C19: from Greek apatētikos deceitful, from apateuein to deceive

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