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Date: 1900-2000
Language: French
Origin: camoufler 'to change the appearance of', from Italian camuffare

camouflage

1 noun
     
cam‧ou‧flage1
1 [uncountable] a way of hiding something, especially soldiers and military equipment, by using paint, leaves etc to make it look like the things around it:
soldiers learning camouflage technique
the camouflage netting over the tanks
2 [uncountable] the type of green and brown clothes, paint etc that soldiers wear to make themselves more difficult to see:
The men were dressed in camouflage and carrying automatic weapons.
camouflage trousers
3 [singular, uncountable] the way that the colour or shape of an animal protects it by making it difficult to see in the area in which it lives:
The whiteness of the arctic fox acts as camouflage, hiding it from its enemies.
4 [singular, uncountable] behaviour that is designed to hide something
camouflage for
Aggression is often a camouflage for insecurity.

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