1. Wearing a mask or masks; characterised by masks; cincealed; hidden.

2. <botany> Same as Personate.

3. <ornithology> Having the anterior part of the head differing decidedly in colour from the rest of the plumage; said of birds. Masked ball, a ball in which the dancers wear masks. Masked battery, a battery so placed as not to be seen by an enemy until it opens fire.

4. <zoology> Masked crab, a Japanese domestic hog (Sus pliciceps). Its face is deeply furrowed.

(01 Mar 1998)

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