Definition of Mimicry

1. Noun. The act of mimicking; imitative behavior.

Exact synonyms: Apery
Generic synonyms: Impersonation, Personation
Specialized synonyms: Mockery, Parody, Takeoff
Derivative terms: Ape



2. Noun. The resemblance of an animal species to another species or to natural objects; provides concealment and protection from predators.
Generic synonyms: Imitation

Definition of Mimicry

1. n. The act or practice of one who mimics; ludicrous imitation for sport or ridicule.

Definition of Mimicry

1. Noun. the act or ability to simulate the appearance of someone or something else ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mimicry

1. an instance of mimicking [n -RIES]

Medical Definition of Mimicry

1. 1. The act or practice of one who mimics; ludicrous imitation for sport or ridicule. 2. Protective resemblance; the resemblance which certain animals and plants exhibit to other animals and plants or to the natural objects among which they live, a characteristic which serves as their chief means of protection against enemies; imitation; mimesis; mimetism. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Mimicry

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1. Darwinism: An Exposition of the Theory of Natural Selection, with Some of by Alfred Russel Wallace (1891)
"... CHAPTER IX WARNING COLORATION AND mimicry The skunk as an example of warning ... of the principle—mimicry in other orders of insects—mimicry among the ..."

2. The Journal of Heredity by American Genetic Association (1916)
"mimicry IN BUTTERFLIES Close Resemblances between Species May Be Protective, ... THE theory of mimicry in butterflies is one of the most attractive of the ..."

3. The Butterfly Book: A Popular Guide to a Knowledge of the Butterflies of by William Jacob Holland (1902)
"Protective mimicry as it occurs in animals may be the simulation in form or color, ... Of course this mimicry is unconscious and is the result of a slow ..."

4. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by Anna Lorraine Guthrie, Marion A. Knight, H.W. Wilson Company, Estella E. Painter (1920)
"Playground 10:333-41 D '16 mimicry (biology) Municipal neighborhood recreation center mimicry in butterflies, by R. C Punnett Review. ..."

5. Darwinism and Politics: With Two Additional Essays on Human Evolution by David George Ritchie (1901)
"... CHAPTER IX WARNING COLORATION AND mimicry The skunk as an example of warning ... of the imitation—Other cases of mimicry among Lepidoptera—mimicry among ..."

6. Animal Life: A First Book of Zoölogy by David Starr Jordan, Vernon Lyman Kellogg (1900)
"No volition in mimicry.—The use of the word mimicry has been criticised because it suggests ... The student should not entertain this conception of mimicry. ..."

7. Animal Coloration: An Account of the Principal Facts and Theories Relating by Frank Evers Beddard (1892)
"mimicry between Protected Forms.—mimicry between Insects belonging to Different Orders. ... mimicry of Vertebrates by Insects and of Insects by Vertebrates. ..."

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