protective coloration


noun
  1. coloration or anything likened to it that eliminates or reduces visibility or conspicuousness.

Origin of protective coloration

1
First recorded in 1890–95

Words Nearby protective coloration

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How to use protective coloration in a sentence

  • A very handsome little species occuring rarely with us, or perhaps overlooked by virtue of its protective coloration.

    The North American Slime-Moulds | Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
  • In some quarters it is the present fashion to doubt protective coloration entirely.

    The Meaning of Evolution | Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • This sort of protective appearance is intensified by exactly the same means as that which brought about protective coloration.

    The Meaning of Evolution | Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • One aspect of protective coloration has been brought to our attention by the artist, Mr. Abbott N. Thayer.

    The Meaning of Evolution | Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Its commonest form is the protective coloration of a neutral respectability, an insipidity of character.

British Dictionary definitions for protective coloration

protective coloration

noun
  1. the coloration of an animal that enables it to blend with its surroundings and therefore escape the attention of predators

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