American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act, practice, or art of mimicking.
- n. An instance of mimicking.
- n. Biology The resemblance of one organism to another or to an object in its surroundings for concealment and protection from predators.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of imitating in speech, manner, or appearance; mockery by imitation; simulation.
- n. An imitation; that which imitates or simulates.
- n. In zoology, the simulation of something else in form or color, etc.; mimesis. Commonly called
protective mimicry, from the immunity secured by such resemblance, as when the insect known as the walking-stick simulates a dead twig of a tree, when abutterfly assimilates in color to that of the flowers upon which it habitually feeds, or a bird's nest is so constructed as to resemble a bunch of moss on a bough, etc. Also mimetism.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act or practice of one who mimics; ludicrous imitation for sport or ridicule.
- n. (Biol.) 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.
- n. the resemblance of an animal species to another species or to natural objects; provides concealment and protection from predators
- n. the act of mimicking; imitative behavior
“She paused for the phrase, then made a gesture in mimicry of his, that included the Big House and its treasures, and said, All this does not influence me a particle.”
“They say that mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery ….”
““Sleepy, sleepy,” she twittered in mimicry of drowsy birds.”
“Formerly I had fasted and prayed and made sacrifice on the Day of Atonement, but it was more than half play, in mimicry of my elders.”
“Men and women!' some one piped in mimicry; and the crowd dissolved in laughter.”
“Antichrist assumes in mimicry the universal power really belonging to Christ.”
“We are so alike, that when last Passover, in mimicry, she twined my turban round her graceful head, our uncle called her David.”
“We are so alike, that when, last Passover, * in mimicry she twined my turban round her head, our uncle called her David.”
“The men try to make the most of it, even having a masked ball on the ice in mimicry of Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death.””
“Apparently the mimicry is a combination of visual, tactile, and scent signals that those male wasps find irresistable.”
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