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mimicry

[ mim-ik-ree ]
/ ˈmɪm ɪk ri /
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noun, plural mim·ic·ries.
the act, practice, or art of mimicking.
Biology. the close external resemblance of an organism, the mimic, to some different organism, the model, such that the mimic benefits from the mistaken identity, as seeming to be unpalatable or harmful.
an instance, performance, or result of mimicking.
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Origin of mimicry

First recorded in 1680–90; mimic + -ry

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British Dictionary definitions for mimicry

mimicry
/ (ˈmɪmɪkrɪ) /

noun plural -ries
the act or art of copying or imitating closely; mimicking
the resemblance shown by one animal species, esp an insect, to another, which protects it from predators
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Scientific definitions for mimicry

mimicry
[ mĭmĭ-krē ]

The resemblance of one organism to another or to an object in its surroundings for concealment or protection from predators. See also aggressive mimicry Batesian mimicry Müllerian mimicry.
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