[krip-tik] /ˈkrɪp tɪk/
adjective, Also, cryptical
mysterious in meaning; puzzling; ambiguous:
a cryptic message.
abrupt; terse; short:
a cryptic note.
a cryptic writing.
involving or using cipher, code, etc.
Zoology. fitted for concealing; serving to camouflage.
a cryptogram, especially one designed as a puzzle.
hidden; secret; occult
(esp of comments, sayings, etc) obscure in meaning
(of the coloration of animals) tending to conceal by disguising or camouflaging the shape
1630s, “hidden, occult, mystical,” from Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kryptikos “fit for concealing,” from kryptos “hidden” (see crypt). Meaning “mysterious, enigmatic” is recorded from 1920. Related: Cryptically.
cryptic cryp·tic (krĭp’tĭk)
cryptitis cryp·ti·tis (krĭp-tī’tĭs) n. Inflammation of a crypt or crypts, particularly in the rectum.
1. a combining form meaning “hidden,” “secret,” used in the formation of compound words: cryptograph. combining form 1. secret, hidden, or concealed: cryptography, crypto-fascist before vowels crypt-, word-forming element meaning “secret” or “hidden,” used in forming English words since at least 1760, from Latinized form of Greek kryptos “hidden, concealed, secret” (see crypt; the Greek […]
[krip-toh-uh-nal-uh-sis] /ˌkrɪp toʊ əˈnæl ə sɪs/ noun 1. .
/ˌkrɪptəʊˈbaɪɒnt/ noun 1. any organism that exhibits cryptobiosis