apatetic

[ ap-uh-tet-ik ]
/ ˌæp əˈtɛt ɪk /

adjective Zoology.

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

apatetic
/ (ˌæpəˈtɛtɪk) /

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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