noun, plural mim·ic·ries.
1. the act, practice, or art of mimicking.
2. 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.
3. an instance, performance, or result of mimicking.
WORDS RELATED TO MIMICRY
pastiche, pretense, imitation, mockery, apery, caricature, camouflage, parody, posture, mimesis, aping, parroting, mocking, mimetism, mimicking
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Origin: 1680–90; mimic + -ry
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MIMICRY
Mimicry is an ingenious survival technique, albeit one that is of little use against bulldozers and chainsaws.
EXPLORING THE AMAZON, WHILE WE STILL CAN|DARRELL HARTMAN|MAY 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But this was an element of Jeff that I understood; his mimicry and his retention for music and melody.
‘GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY’: PENN BADGLEY ON PLAYING LATE MUSICIAN JEFF BUCKLEY|RICHARD PORTON|APRIL 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Even the oddities that he portrayed were usually done by some passing bit of mimicry of the individual in question.
THE DALTONS, VOLUME I (OF II)|CHARLES JAMES LEVER
On the whole it may be stated that the majority of cases of mimicry fall into one or other of such series as the above.
MIMICRY IN BUTTERFLIES|REGINALD CRUNDALL PUNNETT
He attacks with telling effect the fantastic Darwinian "Mimicry."
AT THE DEATHBED OF DARWINISM|EBERHARD DENNERT
Terry's voice deepened in mimicry: "'No petticoats for mine!'"
TERRY|CHARLES GOFF THOMSON
Thus it is quite possible that many so-called cases of mimicry are nothing of the kind.
BIRDS OF THE INDIAN HILLS|DOUGLAS DEWAR