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The word camouflage is derived from the French word camoufler, French slang that means 'to disguise'. The alteration of the word to refer to military clothing may have been influenced by the existing word camouflet, or 'puff of smoke' (i.e. smoke screen). In the First World War the British Navy used the term dazzle-painting to refer to camouflage clothing.

Camouflage was not widely used during early western civilization-based warfare. In the 1800s, armies tended to use bright colors with bold designs intended to intimidate the enemy, attract recruits, create unit cohesion, and allow easier identification of friendly units despite the fog of war.

Smaller units of scouts in the 1700's century were the first to adopt colors in drab shades of green and/or brown. Major armies retained their color until convinced that camo clothing was more effective. In 1857, the British were forced by casualties in India to color their red tunics to neutral tones, initially a muddy tan called khaki. White tropical uniforms were dyed by the simple process of soaking them in tea. Camo became standard in Indian service in the 1880s, but it was not until the 1902 that camouflage uniforms of the entire British army were standardized for wear during battle. Other armies, such as the United States , Russia , Italy , and Germany followed suit with camouflage uniforms suitable for their environments. Today, Camouflage clothing -- or simply Camo clothing -- is also a fashion trend that has included the wildly popular camo scrubs sold by Tafford.