from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act, practice, or art of mimicking.
  • noun An instance of mimicking.
  • noun Biology The resemblance of one organism to another or to an object in its surroundings for concealment and protection from predators.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of imitating in speech, manner, or appearance; mockery by imitation; simulation.
  • noun An imitation; that which imitates or simulates.
  • noun In zoology, the simulation of something else in form or color, etc.; mimesis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or practice of one who mimics; ludicrous imitation for sport or ridicule.
  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the act or ability to simulate the appearance of someone or something else

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the resemblance of an animal species to another species or to natural objects; provides concealment and protection from predators
  • noun the act of mimicking; imitative behavior


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  • "Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." -- Oscar Wilde

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