biomimicry

noun
bio·mim·ic·ry | \ ¦bī-(ˌ)ō-¦mi-mi-krē \

Definition of biomimicry 

: 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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1982, in the meaning defined above

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