cryptically

cryptically
cryptic ADJECTIVE 1) mysterious or obscure in meaning. 2) (of a crossword) having difficult clues which indicate the solutions indirectly. 3) Zoology serving to camouflage an animal in its natural environment.
DERIVATIVES cryptically adverb.
ORIGIN Greek kruptikos, from kruptos 'hidden' .

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