adj. Zoology
Having a pattern or coloration that acts as camouflage to protect against predation.

[Probably pro(tective) + cryptic.]
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(Zoology) (of animals) having protective coloration
[C19: from pro-2 + Greek kruptein to conceal]
proˈcryptically adv
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(proʊˈkrɪp tɪk)

serving to conceal an animal from predators.
[1890–95; pro (tective) + cryptic]
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References in periodicals archive ?
The order Phasmatodea (leaf and stick insects) consists of approximately 3000 known species often characterized by an elongated body cavity and procryptic camouflage (Azevedo et al.
Am I not the procryptic colouring of a butterfly, or you the anticryptic colouring of a phantom?