automimicry

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

Definition of automimicry

biology
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. FrancisWhy Men Won't Ask for Directions: The Seductions of Sociobiology2004
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 KleinerNew Scientist30 Aug. 2003

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First Known Use of automimicry

1967


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