Protective coloring
Protective Pro*tect"ive, a. [Cf. F. protectif.] Affording protection; sheltering; defensive. `` The favor of a protective Providence.'' --Feltham. [1913 Webster]

{Protective coloring} (Zo["o]l.), coloring which serves for the concealment and preservation of a living organism. Cf. {Mimicry}. --Wallace.

{Protective tariff} (Polit. Econ.), a tariff designed to secure protection (see {Protection}, 4.), as distinguished from a tariff designed to raise revenue. See {Tariff}, and {Protection}, 4. [1913 Webster]


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  • protective coloring — or protective coloration, a coloring some animals and plants have that makes them hard to distinguish from the things they live among, or makes them resemble something harmful or distasteful, and so protects them from their enemies …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Protective — Pro*tect ive, a. [Cf. F. protectif.] Affording protection; sheltering; defensive. The favor of a protective Providence. Feltham. [1913 Webster] {Protective coloring} (Zo[ o]l.), coloring which serves for the concealment and preservation of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • protective coloration — or protective coloring n. natural coloration of certain organisms allowing them to blend in with their normal environment and escape detection by enemies …   English World dictionary

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  • protective colouring — /prətɛktɪv ˈkʌlərɪŋ/ (say pruhtektiv kuluhring) noun colouring assumed by various animals in their natural surroundings, rendering them inconspicuous to their enemies. Also, protective coloring …   Australian English dictionary

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