procryptic

[ proh-krip-tik ]
/ proʊˈkrɪp tɪk /

adjective Zoology.

serving to conceal an animal from predators.
Compare anticryptic.

Origin of procryptic

First recorded in 1890–95; pro(tective) + cryptic

Related forms

pro·cryp·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for procryptic

procryptic

/ (prəʊˈkrɪptɪk) /

adjective

(of animals) having protective coloration

Derived Forms

procryptically, adverb

Word Origin for procryptic

C19: from pro- ² + Greek kruptein to conceal
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