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camouflage

noun uk   /ˈkæm.ə.flɑːʒ/ us  
[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 jacketThe 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] uk   us  
The troops had camouflaged themselves so effectively that the enemy didn't notice them approaching.Hiding and disguising
(Definition of camouflage from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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