Origin of camouflage

1915–20; < French, equivalent to camoufl(er) to disguise (probably a verbal derivative of camouflet; see camouflet) + -age -age

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British Dictionary definitions for camouflage

camouflage

/ (ˈkæməˌflɑːʒ) /

noun

the exploitation of natural surroundings or artificial aids to conceal or disguise the presence of military units, equipment, etc
(modifier) (of fabric or clothing) having a design of irregular patches of dull colours (such as browns and greens), as used in military camouflage
the means by which animals escape the notice of predators, usually because of a resemblance to their surroundings: includes cryptic and apatetic coloration
a device or expedient designed to conceal or deceive

verb

(tr) to conceal by camouflage

Word Origin for camouflage

C20: from French, from camoufler, from Italian camuffare to disguise, deceive, of uncertain origin
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Science definitions for camouflage

camouflage

[ kămə-fläzh′ ]

Protective coloring or another feature that conceals an animal and enables it to blend into its surroundings. Compare warning coloration.
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