automimicry

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noun au·to·mim·ic·ry \¦ȯ-tō-¦mi-mə-krē\

Definition of automimicry

biology

  1. 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. 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


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