To camouflage is to disguise, and acamouflage is that which disguises — like the leaf-colored and patterned uniforms worn by soldiers who want to blend in with their natural surroundings.
Pronunciation: /ˈkæm əˌflɑʒ/
Word form: noun, verb
Camouflage evolved from the French camoufler, which was slang for “to disguise.” Camoufler itself most likely comes from camouflet, meaning “puff of smoke” — a puff of smoke that makes it hard to see things. Camouflaged clothing certainly hides hunters from their prey, but the word can also be used in a more figurative sense, as in camouflaging criticism by veiling it as a backhanded compliment.
Short description: to hide something, especially by making it look the same as the things around it
- The military base is well camouflaged to keep it from being seen from above.
- Many animal species have developed different ways to camouflage themselves throughout the course of evolution.
- Crocodiles capture their prey by sitting camouflaged and motionless in the water waiting for prey to come to them.
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