It makes a big difference whether the mimicker is seeking to escape from an enemy, or seeking to deceive its prey.
1580s, "a mime," from Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos "of or pertaining to mimes," from mimos "mime."
1680s, from mimic (n.). Related: Mimicked; mimicking.
1590s, from Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos "of or pertaining to mimes," verbal adjective from mimeisthai "to mimic, imitate, portray by means of imitation" (see mimeograph).
mimic mim·ic (mĭm'ĭk)
v. mim·icked, mim·ick·ing, mim·ics
To resemble closely; simulate.
To take on the appearance of.