mimicry

noun mim·ic·ry \ ˈmi-mi-krē \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of mimicry

plural mimicries
1 a : 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 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)

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First Known Use of mimicry

1671

in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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MIMICRY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of mimicry for English Language Learners

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


MIMICRY Defined for Kids

mimicry

noun mim·ic·ry \ ˈmi-mi-krē \

Definition of mimicry for Students

: 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

Medical Dictionary

mimicry

noun mim·ic·ry \ ˈmim-i-krē \

medical Definition of mimicry

plural mimicries
: an instance of mimicking something


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