mi·​met·​ic | \ mə-ˈme-tik How to pronounce mimetic (audio) , mī- \

Definition of mimetic

2 : relating to, characterized by, or exhibiting mimicry mimetic coloring of a butterfly

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mimetically \ mə-​ˈme-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mimetically (audio) , mī-​ \ adverb

Examples of mimetic in a Sentence

boys have a tendency toward mimetic behavior, often imitating their fathers at a fairly early age
Recent Examples on the Web Many different groups are currently making their own versions of these spike-mimetic trimers to test their various vaccine designs. Scientific American, "20 Years in the Making: A New Approach to a Vaccine against HIV," 12 May 2020 Here, in addition to O’Brien’s celebrated gifts of lyricism and mimetic precision, is a new, unsettling fabulist vision that suggests Kafka more than Joyce. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, "Edna O’Brien Is Still Writing About Women on the Run," 7 Oct. 2019 That's not to say that Menzies doesn't continue to explore his mimetic talents, even in roles with... lines. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Crown's Tobias Menzies Wanted to Be a Mime, But Couldn't Afford Mime School," 4 Dec. 2019 Yet one of the book’s signal triumphs is that Alharthi has constructed her own novelistic form to suit her specific mimetic requirements. James Wood, The New Yorker, "An Omani Novel Exposes Marriage and Its Miseries," 7 Oct. 2019 This makes us easy prey for — perhaps even complicit with — grifters who play off our communal, mimetic desires. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "The Distinctly American Ethos of the Grifter," 12 Sep. 2019 Fiction often attempts to capture reality without being coldly mimetic; taxidermy reveals the stakes of that project. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Taxidermy Is a Metaphor for Our Time," 21 Aug. 2019 There is a long-standing argument regarding how far mimetic art ought to go in representing the sometimes dispiriting realities of modern life. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Mallo My!," 10 Mar. 2019 This phenomenon has also been called mimetic architecture — a building’s design mimicked its function or a product associated with the building. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, "From big oranges to bears, readers recall roadside gems," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of mimetic

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mimetic

Late Latin mimeticus, from Greek mimētikos, from mimeisthai to imitate, from mimos mime

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The first known use of mimetic was in 1637

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28 May 2020

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“Mimetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mimetic. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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mi·​met·​ic | \ mə-ˈmet-ik How to pronounce mimetic (audio) , mī- How to pronounce mimetic (audio) \

Medical Definition of mimetic

: simulating the action or effect of usually used in combination sympathomimetic drugs adrenocorticomimetic activity

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