Definition of countershading in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkaʊntəˌʃeɪdɪŋ/


[mass noun] Zoology
Protective coloration used by some animals in which parts normally in shadow are light and those exposed to the sky are dark.
Example sentences
  • We therefore report two experiments designed to test whether countershading enhances protection by diminishing the probability of detection by predators.
  • Because countershading is thought to aid in concealment by reducing shadow in well-lit environments, the hypothesis is partially supported despite no significant associations with other open environments.
  • The countershading of their body is a protective camouflage.



Example sentences
  • Comparisons across all countershaded artiodactyls similarly revealed an association with desert-dwelling.
  • This strongly suggests that for these birds at this point in the experiment, countershaded baits really were least readily detected when placed against a color-matching substrate.
  • It also explains why the coloration of deep-sea species is essentially uniform rather than countershaded, since bioluminescent searchlights may strike the animal from any angle.

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