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protective coloration

noun
1.
coloration or anything likened to it that eliminates or reduces visibility or conspicuousness.
Origin of protective coloration
1890-1895
1890-95
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  • This sort of protective appearance is intensified by exactly the same means as that which brought about protective coloration.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • A very handsome little species occuring rarely with us, or perhaps overlooked by virtue of its protective coloration.

    The North American Slime-Moulds Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
  • He would have laughed at any such foolish phrase as "protective coloration."

    Never-Fail Blake Arthur Stringer
  • He also went to the British Museum with me to look into various matters, including the question of protective coloration.

  • Its commonest form is the protective coloration of a neutral respectability, an insipidity of character.

  • He would have laughed at any such foolish phrase as “protective coloration.”

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • Another case illustrates very strikingly the subject of protective coloration of animals.

  • Only, the soldiers did not use their protective coloration naturally and by instinct.

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • Nature has been kind to the grouse family in the way of protective coloration.

    The Strength of the Pines Edison Marshall
  • One aspect of protective coloration has been brought to our attention by the artist, Mr. Abbott N. Thayer.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
British Dictionary definitions for protective coloration

protective coloration

noun
1.
the coloration of an animal that enables it to blend with its surroundings and therefore escape the attention of predators
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