Definition of mimicry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪmɪkri/

noun (plural mimicries)

[mass noun]
1The action or skill of imitating someone or something, especially in order to entertain or ridicule: the word was spoken with gently teasing mimicry [count noun]: a playful mimicry of the techniques of realist writers
More example sentences
  • All art is but facsimile of nature and the art of imitating someone or something classically in order to entertain is mimicry.
  • Monomane takes imitation through mimicry and beyond to caricature with comic effect.
  • Skitcom performers, especially those with skills at mimicry, typically disappear into their roles.
1.1 Biology The close external resemblance of an animal or plant (or part of one) to another animal, plant, or inanimate object.
Example sentences
  • In the book, al-Jahiz discusses animal mimicry - noting that certain parasites adapt to the color of their host.
  • So far, no cases of scent mimicry have been reported for food-deceptive species although it occurs in cases of sexual mimicry.
  • Across the genus as a whole, the evolution of mimicry seems to be associated with increased rates of species diversification.

Words that rhyme with mimicry


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