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automimicry

Syllabification: au·to·mim·ic·ry
Pronunciation: /ˌôtōˈmimikrē
 
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Definition of automimicry in English:

noun

Biology
The mimicking or accentuation of some characteristic of one’s own species as an adaptive response.
Example sentences
  • Another form of automimicry occurs when a signal coming from one part of the body is duplicated by another part.
  • Some authors have suggested that enhanced human characteristics are also examples of automimicry.
  • Now a researcher says he has found the first example of automimicry in plants: species that mimic their own thorns in an effort to look even less appealing to herbivores.

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