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[koun-ter-shey-ding] /ˈkaʊn tərˌʃeɪ dɪŋ/
noun, Zoology
the development of dark colors on parts usually exposed to the sun and of light colors on parts usually shaded, especially as serving for protection or concealment.
Origin of countershading
1895-1900; counter- + shading Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • countershading is a form of camouflage in which the top of an animal's body is darker in color, while its underside is lighter.
British Dictionary definitions for countershading


(in the coloration of certain animals) a pattern, serving as camouflage, in which dark colours occur on parts of the body exposed to the light and pale colours on parts in the shade
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