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


  1. of or relating to coloration that disguises and protects an animal
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek apatētikos deceitful, from apateuein to deceive
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