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More Than Meets the Eye

Rochel Burstyn

When you think of camouflage, you might picture soldiers hiding behind trees, or in a small ditch in the sand. But camouflage isn’t only used by the military — it’s also found throughout the animal kingdom. Both soldiers and the animal kingdom use camouflage for survival, but in some cases, camouflage is just for fun. Read on to discover the story behind camouflage and where you can find it — or not!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

What Is Camouflage?

The word comes from the French word camoufler meaning “to hide.” Essentially, it means to disguise someone or something so it blends in with its natural surroundings. Then, even if it’s in plain sight, it will be hard to see.

 

Military

If you’ve seen pictures of ancient armies, you might know armies used to wear brightly colored uniforms, all the way up through the 19th century. Warfare eventually became more complicated, though, with the invention of aerial attacks, mines, and other weapons. They quickly realized it was best for soldiers to not be so conspicuous. So…

 

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