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

  • adjective Wearing a mask.
  • adjective Disguised or concealed as if by a mask.
  • adjective Latent or hidden, as a symptom or disease.
  • adjective Botany Personate.
  • adjective Having markings in the shape of a mask on the head or face.
  • adjective Having the anatomy of the next developmental form outlined beneath the integument, as in certain insect pupae.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In pathology, same as larval, 2.
  • Having the face covered with a mask; disguised or concealed.
  • Bewildered; amazed.
  • In zoology: Larvate or larval: thus, a caterpillar is the masked state of a butterfly.
  • In entomology, applied to pupæ which have the wings, legs, etc., of the future imago indicated by lines on the surface, as in Lepidoptera.
  • Marked on the head or face as if literally wearing a mask; capistrate; personate.
  • In botany, same as personate.

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

  • adjective Wearing a mask or masks; characterized by masks; concealed; hidden.
  • adjective (Bot.) Same as Personate.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Having the anterior part of the head differing decidedly in color from the rest of the plumage; -- said of birds.
  • adjective a ball in which the dancers wear masks.
  • adjective (Mil.) a battery so placed as not to be seen by an enemy until it opens fire.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) a European crab (Corystes cassivelaunus) with markings on the carapace somewhat resembling a human face.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) a Japanese domestic hog (Sus pliciceps). Its face is deeply furrowed.

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

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of mask.
  • adjective Wearing a mask or masks; characterized by masks; concealed; hidden.
  • adjective botany personate
  • adjective zoology Having the anterior part of the head differing decidedly in color from the rest of the plumage; -- said of birds.

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

  • adjective having its true character concealed with the intent of misleading
  • adjective having markings suggestive of a mask

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