• IPA: /ˈkɹɪptɪk/


  1. Having hidden meaning.
  2. Mystified or of an obscure nature.
  3. Involving use of a code or cipher.
  4. Of a crossword, or a clue in such a crossword, using, in addition to definitions, wordplay such as anagrams, homophones and hidden words to indicate solutions.
  5. (zoology) Well camouflage#Verb|camouflaged; having good camouflage#Noun|camouflage.
    Lonomia caterpillars are extremely cryptic.
  6. (zoology) Serving as camouflage.
    cryptic colouring
  7. (biology, not comparable) Apparently identical, but actually genetically distinct.
    cryptic species
  8. (zoology) Living in a cavity or small cave.
    Synonyms: cryptozoic
    • 1999, Rachel Wood, Reef Evolution, p. 95:
      Much of the Permian Capitan reef was strongly differentiated into open surface and cryptic communities.
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cryptic (plural cryptics)

  1. (informal) A cryptic crossword.
    • 2009, Bill Taylor, Building a crossword (in Toronto Star, 1 February 2009)
      This writer has been solving cryptics for 40 years and can usually crack Araucaria, though it might take a couple of days.

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