from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having hidden meaning; mystifying. synonym: mysterious.
  • adjective Secret or occult.
  • adjective Using code or cipher.
  • adjective Biology Tending to conceal or camouflage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In biology, serving to conceal or fitted for concealing an organism.
  • Hidden; secret; occult.
  • noun The art of recording any discourse so that the meaning is concealed from ordinary readers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Hidden; secret; occult.
  • adjective incomprehensible to those not familiar with the culture or jargon.
  • adjective having a secret or hidden meaning.
  • adjective having a puzzling terseness.
  • adjective not evident; unrecognized.
  • adjective written in a code or cipher.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having hidden meaning.
  • adjective Mystified or of an obscure nature.
  • adjective Involving use of code or cipher/cypher.
  • adjective zoology Well camouflaged; having good camouflage.
  • noun informal A cryptic crossword.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of an obscure nature
  • adjective having a secret or hidden meaning
  • adjective having a puzzling terseness


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

[Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kruptikos, from kruptos, hidden, from kruptein, to hide.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin crypticus, from Ancient Greek κρυπτικός (kruptikos), from κρυπτός (kruptos, "hidden"), from κρύπτω (kruptō, "to hide"). Also see: cryptology.


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