a. Zoology, having protective imitative coloration or shape.

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  • apatetic — [ap΄ə tet′ik] adj. [Gr apatētikos, deceiving < apatē, deceit] serving to mislead potential attackers: said of an animal s protective coloration: see APOSEMATIC …   English World dictionary

  • apatetic — /ap euh tet ik/, adj. Zool. assuming colors and forms that effect deceptive camouflage. [1885 90; < Gk apatetikós fallacious, equiv. to apate (var. s. of apateúein to deceive) + tikos TIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • apatetic — ap·a·tet·ic …   English syllables

  • apatetic — /æpəˈtɛtɪk/ (say apuh tetik) adjective (of animals) assuming colours and forms which effect deceptive camouflage. {Greek apatētikos fallacious} …  

  • apatetic — |apə|ted.ik adjective Etymology: Greek apatētikos fallacious, from apatan to deceive, cheat, from apatēdeceit more at apatite zoology : imitative in color or form …   Useful english dictionary

  • apatetic color — Those colors that enable an organism to mimic either its environment or another species …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • apatetic coloration — noun coloring serving as natural camouflage • Hypernyms: ↑protective coloration …   Useful english dictionary

  • aposematic — [ap΄ō si mat′ik, ap΄əsi mat′ik] adj. [ APO + SEMATIC] Zool. serving to warn off potential attackers: said of an animal s warning coloration: see APATETIC aposematically adv …   English World dictionary

  • protective coloration — noun coloration making an organism less visible or attractive to predators • Topics: ↑zoology, ↑zoological science • Hypernyms: ↑coloration, ↑colouration • Hyponyms: ↑aposematic coloration, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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