Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Zoology Relating to or characterized by coloration serving as natural camouflage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Concerning or pertaining to the copying, in an animal, of some useful characteristic of another species for the sake of obtaining the like advantage.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Greek apatētikos, deceptive, from apatētēs, deceiver, from apateuein, to cheat, from apatē, deceit.

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  • JM can’t quite focus on apatetic objects.

    April 25, 2011

  • adj: assuming colors and forms that make deceptive camouflage.

    July 23, 2008