mim·​ic·​ry | \ ˈmi-mi-krē How to pronounce mimicry (audio) \
plural mimicries

Definition of mimicry

1a : an instance of mimicking
b : the action, practice, or art of mimicking entertained his family with mimicry and comic skits— Cynthia Ozick
2 : a superficial (see superficial sense 2b) resemblance of one organism to another or to natural objects among which it lives that secures it a selective advantage (such as protection from predation)

Examples of mimicry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That means human subjects showed brain activity that responded to mimicry of the global magnetic field only, with the same rejection of local fluke magnetism. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Some People Can Detect Earth's Magnetic Field, Which Sounds Like a Pretty Sweet Party Trick," 18 Mar. 2020 To play Buck for motion capture, Terry Notary, a former U.C.L.A. gymnast who is known in the film industry for his animal mimicry, wore a tight gray suit, a gray skull cap and carbon fiber arm extensions that allowed him to walk on all fours. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "1935 movie “The Call of the Wild,”," 23 Feb. 2020 Rather than snipping Fanning's polished blonde hair, stylist Jenda Alcorn created a more transient ’20s moment, securing strands in a mimicry of an era chop that halted just below the jawline. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Elle Fanning Proves the Power of the No-Commitment Bob," 27 Feb. 2020 The Quattroporte is a beautiful standout deserving of mimicry. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "2020 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4 Is Not Special Enough," 21 Apr. 2020 But people who regularly participated in, or lurked during, such conversations, saw through the mimicry very quickly. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "The Rise of the Lurker," 13 Apr. 2020 Grant Cornett for The New York Times Each day along the upper railings of my top-floor Brooklyn apartment’s fire escape, starlings alight and start holding forth in an ever-evolving chorus of clown whistles, clicks and shards of expert mimicry. New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Starlings," 11 Feb. 2020 In other words, machine learning has had a popular QRL model for a while now, and this model began with a mimicry of human decision-making in the form of classical reinforcement learning. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Quantum Mechanics Explains Why You Do Dumb Things," 29 Jan. 2020 Hart's nuanced mimicry of Glover is downright inspired, and the story offers up a few chances for the characters to avatar swap, showing off the actors' abilities to embody the different jock/nerd/cheerleader/cantankerous grandpa personas. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ review: It’s one joke, but that joke still works, for now," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of mimicry

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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“Mimicry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mimicry. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mimicry

: the activity or art of copying the behavior or speech of other people : the activity or art of mimicking other people


mim·​ic·​ry | \ ˈmi-mi-krē How to pronounce mimicry (audio) \

Kids Definition of mimicry

: a type of protection from predators in which one animal resembles the coloring, form, or behavior of another animal that is harmful or bad-tasting


mim·​ic·​ry | \ ˈmim-i-krē How to pronounce mimicry (audio) \
plural mimicries

Medical Definition of mimicry

: an instance of mimicking something

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