camouflage

[kam-uh-flahzh]
noun
1.
the act, means, or result of obscuring things to deceive an enemy, as by painting or screening objects so that they are lost to view in the background, or by making up objects that from a distance have the appearance of fortifications, guns, roads, etc.: Was camouflage used extensively on fighter aircraft during World War I?
2.
concealment by some means that alters or obscures the appearance: Drab plumage provides the bird with camouflage against predators.
3.
a device or stratagem used for concealment: His loud laughter is really camouflage for his basic shyness. mask, blind, front, cover.
4.
clothing made of fabric with a mottled design, usually in shades of green and brown, as that used in military camouflage: The street vendors are all selling camouflage this week: pants, jackets, T-shirts, even underwear!
adjective
5.
(of fabric or clothing) made with or having a mottled design, as that used in military camouflage: a camouflage T-shirt.
verb (used with object), camouflaged, camouflaging.
6.
to disguise by means of camouflage: to camouflage ships by painting them gray. hide, conceal, mask; deceive, trick, dissimulate, dissemble.
verb (used without object), camouflaged, camouflaging.
7.
to use camouflage: The angel shark camouflages in the sand.

Origin:
1915–20; < French, equivalent to camoufl(er) to disguise (probably a verbal derivative of camouflet; see camouflet) + -age -age

camouflageable, adjective
camouflager, noun
camouflagic, adjective
uncamouflaged, adjective
well-camouflaged, adjective
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camouflage (ˈkæməˌflɑːʒ)
 
n
1.  the exploitation of natural surroundings or artificial aids to conceal or disguise the presence of military units, equipment, etc
2.  (modifier) (of fabric or clothing) having a design of irregular patches of dull colours (such as browns and greens), as used in military camouflage
3.  the means by which animals escape the notice of predators, usually because of a resemblance to their surroundings: includes cryptic and apatetic coloration
4.  a device or expedient designed to conceal or deceive
 
vb
5.  (tr) to conceal by camouflage
 
[C20: from French, from camoufler, from Italian camuffare to disguise, deceive, of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

camouflage
1917, from Fr. camoufler, Parisian slang, "to disguise," from It. camuffare "to disguise," perhaps a contraction of capo muffare "to muffle the head." Probably altered by Fr. camouflet "puff of smoke," on the notion of "blow smoke in someone's face." The British navy in World War I called it dazzle-painting.
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camouflage   (kām'ə-fläzh')  Pronunciation Key 
Protective coloring or another feature that conceals an animal and enables it to blend into its surroundings. Compare warning coloration.
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Example sentences
On quiet weekdays you'll sometimes find car manufacturers testing camouflaged
  prototypes.
They dug up through a soft spot in the ceiling and enforced and camouflaged a
  hatch so farmers wouldn't find it or fall through.
Finally, one of the ants compromised its camouflaged position, scurrying out
  across the bright white plate.
They answer to our basic, frequently camouflaged need to keep on moving, not to
  be wearied or ground down by a lumpen life.
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