bio·​mim·​ic·​ry ¦bī-(ˌ)ō-¦mi-mi-krē How to pronounce biomimicry (audio)
: the imitation of natural biological designs or processes in engineering or invention : biomimetics
In 1948, while walking in the woods, Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral noticed how cockleburs stuck to his dog's coat. The result? Velcro: a paragon of biomimicry in practice.Andy Isaacson, National Geographic Adventure, December 2007

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First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biomimicry was in 1982

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“Biomimicry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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