from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Concealment. See extract.
  • noun A term used in the discussions of the seventeenth century to designate Christ's possession of divine omnipotence and divine omniscience, with conscious restraint in the use of them.

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  • noun biology The ability of an organism to avoid observation


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  • A word way more cryptic than cryptic (its adjective form).

    February 27, 2010

  • Like words that hide in ellipsis

    Or planets obscured by eclipses,

    Some peace-seeking prey

    Have mastered a way

    To thrive under threat using crypsis.

    February 22, 2017