adjective Etymology: pro- (as in protect) + cryptic Date: 1890 of, relating to, or being a concealing pattern or shade of coloring especially in insects

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  • procryptic — [prō krip′tik] adj. [< PRO(TECT) + CRYPTIC] Zool. having protective coloration …   English World dictionary

  • procryptic — prō+ adjective Etymology: pro (as in protect) + cryptic : of, relating to, or marked by procrypsis procryptic coloration a procryptic beetle compare aposematic …   Useful english dictionary

  • procryptic — procryptically, adv. /proh krip tik/, adj. Zool. serving to conceal an animal from predators. Cf. anticryptic. [1890 95; PRO(TECTIVE) + CRYPTIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • procryptic — pro·cryptic …   English syllables

  • procryptic — pro•cryp•tic [[t]proʊˈkrɪp tɪk[/t]] adj. zool. ecl serving to conceal an animal from predators • Etymology: 1890–95; pro (tective) +cryptic …   From formal English to slang

  • procryptic —   a. pertaining to or having protective coloration.    ♦ procrypsis, n …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • procryptic colors — Imitative colors useful for concealment as a protection against enemies; see Batesian mimicry, Mullerian mimicry …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • Animal colouration — has been a topic of interest and research in biology for well over a century. Colours may be cryptic (functioning as an adaptation allowing the prevention of prey detection; aposematic (functioning as a warning of unprofitability) or may be the… …   Wikipedia

  • Crypsis — This article is about organisms that are difficult to detect. For organisms that are difficult to distinguish, see Cryptic species complex. For animals whose existence has not been demonstrated, see cryptozoology. For the genus of grasses, see… …   Wikipedia

  • Extatosoma tiaratum — Exatostoma tiaratum E. tiaratum Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

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