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countershading

[koun-ter-shey-ding]
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noun Zoology.
  1. the development of dark colors on parts usually exposed to the sun and of light colors on parts usually shaded, especially as serving for protection or concealment.
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Origin of countershading

First recorded in 1895–1900; counter- + shading
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British Dictionary definitions for countershading

countershading

noun
  1. (in the coloration of certain animals) a pattern, serving as camouflage, in which dark colours occur on parts of the body exposed to the light and pale colours on parts in the shade
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