Definition of mimicry in English:


Syllabification: mim·ic·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈmiməkrē

noun (plural mimicries)

  • 1The action or art of imitating someone or something, typically in order to entertain or ridicule: the word was spoken with gently teasing mimicry a playful mimicry of the techniques of realist writers
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    • 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.
    imitation, imitating, impersonation, copying, aping
  • 1.1 Biology The close external resemblance of an animal or plant (or part of one) to another animal, plant, or inanimate object. See also Batesian mimicry, Müllerian mimicry.
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    • 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.

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