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cryptozoic 1

Line breaks: crypto|zoic
Pronunciation: /ˌkrɪptəˈzəʊɪk/

adjective

Ecology
(Of small invertebrates) living on the ground but hidden in the leaf litter under stones or pieces of wood: scorpions are shy or cryptozoic
More example sentences
  • This may account in part for the paucity of crepuscular to nocturnal or cryptozoic to fossorial skink lineages in the interior.
  • The very luxuriance of the vegetation, however, with its unlimited hiding-places for cryptozoic animals, made the task of collection more difficult than it would have been in a clearer neighbourhood, where the animals are concentrated, as it were, in a comparatively few spots.

Derivatives

cryptozoa

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plural noun
Example sentences
  • The term cryptozoa was coined by him to describe the light-abhorring animals found under logs or stones in damp, dark situations.
  • Student supervision has involved projects in the general field of ecology of cryptozoa.
  • They are members of that large category of animals known descriptively (not taxonomically) as cryptozoa, or hidden animals.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek kruptos 'hidden' + zōē 'life' + -ic.

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Cryptozoic 2 Line breaks: Crypto|zoic
Pronunciation: /ˌkrɪptəˈzəʊɪk/

adjective

Geology
Relating to or denoting the period (the Precambrian) in which rocks contain no, or only slight, traces of living organisms. Compare with Phanerozoic.
Example sentences
  • The term ‘Precambrian’ is still used for Cryptozoic rocks, but tends to be applied loosely to formations lying beneath identified Cambrian strata and of uncertain age.
  • The Cryptozoic rocks are exposed in the continental shield areas and show patterns of orogenic activity.

Origin

Early 20th century: from Greek kruptos 'hidden' + zōē 'life' + -ic.

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