[ mim-ik-ree ]
/ ˈmɪm ɪk ri /

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.

Nearby words

  1. mimi,
  2. mimic,
  3. mimic panel,
  4. mimical,
  5. mimically,
  6. mimine,
  7. miminy-piminy,
  8. mimir,
  9. mimo,
  10. mimosa

Origin of mimicry

First recorded in 1680–90; mimic + -ry

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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Word Origin and History for mimicry



1680s, from mimic + -ry. Zoological sense is from 1861.

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Medicine definitions for mimicry


[ mĭmĭ-krē ]


The resemblance of one organism to another or to an object in its surroundings for concealment and protection.

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Science definitions for 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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