au·​to·​mim·​ic·​ry | \ ¦ȯ-tō-¦mi-mə-krē How to pronounce automimicry (audio) \

Definition of automimicry

1 : mimicry occurring between members of the same species In automimicry, both the model and the mimic exist within a given species; usually one sex exhibits a morphological feature that serves as the (evolutionary) model for members of the other sex.— Richard C. Francis, Why Men Won't Ask for Directions: The Seductions of Sociobiology, 2004
2 : mimicry occurring between parts of the same organism To look more fearsome, some even embrace automimicry—shaping other parts of their body to look like their actual teeth or horns.— Kurt Kleiner, New Scientist, 30 Aug. 2003

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First Known Use of automimicry

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Automimicry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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