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camouflage

noun     /ˈkæm.ə.flɑːʒ/
[U] the use of leaves , branches , paints , and clothes for hiding soldiers or military equipment so that they cannot be seen against their surroundings : a camouflage jacket The armed forces generally [S or U] the way that the colour or shape of an animal or plant appears to mix with its natural environment to prevent it from being seen by attackers : The lizard's light brown skin acts as (a) camouflage in the desert sand .Descriptions of animal (non-human) markings [S or U] something that is meant to hide something, or behaviour that is intended to hide the truth : Using smoke as (a) camouflage, the army advanced up the hill . He believed that her kindness was merely a camouflage for her real intentions .Hiding and disguising camouflage     verb [T] The troops had camouflaged them selves so effectively that the enemy didn't notice them approaching .Hiding and disguising
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