Definition of crypsis in English:

crypsis

noun

  • 1In the rhetorical theory of Peter Ramus (1515–72): the deliberate embellishment or obscuring of plain meaning or logical argument by use of metaphor, digressions, reordering of ideas, etc. Now historical.

  • 2Zoology. Cryptic coloration or behaviour; = crypticity.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Dudley Fenner (c1558–1587), Church of England clergyman and Calvinist theologian. From post-classical Latin crypsis from ancient Greek κρύψις hiding, concealment from κρυπτός hidden + -σις.

Pronunciation

crypsis

/ˈkrɪpsɪs/