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Definition of the adjective cryptic

What does cryptic mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more cryptic / most cryptic

  1. of an obscure nature
  2. having a secret or hidden meaning
  3. having a puzzling terseness
    • example: a cryptic note
    • similar: concise

Alternative definition of the adjective cryptic


  1. Having hidden meaning.
  2. Mystified or of an obscure nature.
  3. Involving use of code or cipher/cypher.

Definition of the noun cryptic

What does cryptic mean as a name of something?


  1. [informal] A cryptic crossword.


"Cryptic" is a film, directed by John Weiner & Danny Kuchuck.


"Cryptic" is a work written by Jack McDevitt.

  • released in (32 years ago)
  • award: - Nebula Award for Best Short Story nomination for Jack McDevitt


  1. "Cryptic" is the seventh full-length studio album by the Swedish death metal band Edge of Sanity, released on December 1, 1997 by Black Mark Productions. It is the only Edge of Sanity album in which Dan Swanö does not contribute. Guitarist, Andreas Axelsson hired a new vocalist in an attempt to keep the band together.
  2. "Cryptic" is a musical album of F.L.O..
    • released on
  3. "Cryptic" is a musical album of Roger Rotor.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  4. "Cryptic" is a musical album of Here Come the Mummies.
    • released on
  5. "Cryptic" is a musical album of Mistress of the Dead.
    • released in (9 years ago)


Cryptic is a musical group.

  • album: "Once Holy Realm"


  1. Cryptic is a geologic time period.
  2. cryptic a.k.a. cripto, FRL-1, cryptic family 1 is a gene.

Phrases with Cryptic

  1. Cryptic Warbler
  2. Cryptic Frogfish
  3. Cryptic Antthrush
  4. Cryptic Chameleon
  5. Cryptic crossword
  6. Cryptic Kelp Crab
  7. cryptic coloration
  8. Cryptic Flycatcher
  9. Cryptic Fritillary
  10. Cryptic Forest Falcon
  11. Cryptic Teardrop Crab
  12. Cryptic Tadpole Shrimp
  13. Cryptic Burrowing Anemone

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cryptic

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Google previewA Dictionary of Genetics (2006)

by Robert C. King, William D. Stansfield, Pamela Khipple Mulligan

Cryptic coloration is a form of camouflage that makes the species inconspicuous against its natural backgrounds. Behavioral crypsis includes stealthy movements and unflinching inactivity when a predator is nearby. See adaptive melanism.

Google previewEncyclopedia of toxicology (2005)

Dib-L] by Philip Wexler, Bruce D. Anderson

AlphacryptovirusAlphacryptovirus, type species, white clover cryptic virus , type species, white clover cryptic virus 1 (WCCV1) 1 (WCCV1) The segmented dsRNA genome (two RNAs of about 2.0 and 1.7 kbp, and possibly a third RNA in some ...

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary of Immunology, Third Edition (2009)

by Julius M. Cruse, Robert E. Lewis

To render immunoglobulin molecules less immunogenic in a heterolo- gous recipient, they may be treated with pepsin to remove cryptic T cell epitopes. The dominant epitopes are most efficiently processed and presented from native antigen.

Google previewA Dictionary of Entomology (2011)

CRYPTIC Adj. (Greek, kryptos = hidden; -ic = characterized by.) 1. Pertaining to a hidden or concealed condition, particularly in relation to protective coloration or camouflage. See Cryptic Coloration. 2. Pertaining to organisms that are very ...

Google previewEncyclopaedic Dictionary of Biotechnology (2005)

Cryptic : Anything hidden. 1) Structurally heterozygous individuals that are not identifiable as they do not show abnormal meiotic chromosome ...

Google previewAdvanced Learners' Dictionary (1998)

by Martin H. Manser, Turton, Nigel D. Turton

SEE PANEL cryptic ('kriptik) adj 1 hidden; occult. 2 obscure in meaning; mysterious: a cryptic crossword cryptically adv crystal ('knstl) n 1 (a piece of) a transparent, colourless mineral. 2 (an object made of) clear, colourless glass of high quality.

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Biomedicine and Molecular Biology (2001)

by Pei-Show Juo

Cryptic DNA DNA with unknown function. Cryptic Gene A gene that has been silenced by a single nucleotide substitution. Cryptic Mutant A mutant that lacks one or more components of a transport system and is incapable of transporting ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Biological Invasions (2011)

by Dr. Daniel Simberloff, Dr. Marcel Rejmanek

cryptic invasions and taxonomic uncertainty A cryptic invasion is defined as the occurrence of a species or genotype that was not previously recognized as alien in origin or not distinguished from other aliens. Such invasions can be detected ...

Google previewDictionary of Plant Genetics and Molecular Biology (1998)

by Gurbachan Miglani

cryptic polymorphism: A type of polymorphism that is controlled by recessive genes. cryptic satellite: A satellite DNA sequence not identified as such by a separate peak on a density gradient; that is, it remains present in main-band DNA . cryptic ...

Google previewThe Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 3rd edition (2012)

by Chambers,

which have clues offering only one means of arriving at eachsolution, cryptic crossword clues usually have two. These are a definition and a secondary ...

Google previewContinuum Encyclopedia of Animal Symbolism in World Art (2006)

by Hope B. Werness

Cryptic Design. Animal designs that are hidden or concealed within overall patterns. Cryptic designs create multiple, overlapping designs, and figures within figures. Such designs are a means of evoking powerful supernatural entities that are ...

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Small photo of Cryptic Santa Claus is riding on his snowboardSmall photo of deployed packaging, inside a box with a blue / cryptic precious giftSmall photo of is cryptic textureSmall photo of Eggs of different species of birds. Guide. Cryptic painted (mottled) egg of European snipe (Gallinago gallinago)Small photo of Eggs of different species of birds. Guide. Cryptic painted (mottled) egg of European snipe (Gallinago gallinago)Small photo of is cryptic textureSmall photo of Old paper isolated on a white background,cryptic writing More...

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Quotes about Cryptic

The drawing of the blinded sight
Close them hide hold disguise
Folded cryptic open veiled
What see to see too much of the light
Mortal whirled too much of the world
Unseen closed immortal healed
Sometimes caved means to be saved (Miroslava Odalovic)
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Scrabble value of C3R1Y4P3T1I1C3

The value of this 7-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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