noun (plural -ries) Date: 1671 1. a. an instance of mimicking b. the action, practice, or art of mimicking 2. a superficial resemblance of one organism to another or to natural objects among which it lives that secures it a selective advantage (as protection from predation)

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  • Mimicry — Mim ic*ry, n. 1. The act or practice of one who mimics; ludicrous imitation for sport or ridicule. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) Protective resemblance; the resemblance which certain animals and plants exhibit to other animals and plants or to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mimicry — mimicry. См. мимикрия. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • mimicry — index caricature, parody, ridicule, travesty Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • mimicry — (n.) 1680s, from MIMIC (Cf. mimic) + RY (Cf. ry). Zoological sense is from 1861 …   Etymology dictionary

  • mimicry — /ingl. ˈmɪmɪkrɪ/ [vc. ingl., da mimic «mimico»] s. m. o f. (biol.) mimetismo …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • mimicry — ► NOUN 1) imitation of someone or something to entertain or ridicule. 2) Biology the close external resemblance of an animal or plant to another …   English terms dictionary

  • mimicry — [mim′ik rē] n. pl. mimicries 1. the practice or art, or an instance or way, of mimicking 2. close resemblance, in color, form, or behavior, of one organism to another or to some object in its environment, as of some insects to the leaves or twigs …   English World dictionary

  • Mimicry — For other uses, see Mimic (disambiguation). Plate from Henry Walter Bates (1862) illustrating Batesian mimicry between Dismorphia species (top row, third row) and various Ithomiini (Nymphalidae, second row, bottom row) In …   Wikipedia

  • mimicry — /mim ik ree/, n., pl. mimicries. 1. the act, practice, or art of mimicking. 2. Biol. 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… …   Universalium

  • mimicry — Synonyms and related words: acting, aggressive mimicry, apery, aping, buffoonery, business, caricature, characterization, cryptic mimicry, dumb show, embodiment, enacting, enactment, gag, ham, hammy acting, hoke, hokum, imitation, impersonation,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • mimicry — similarity of appearance between two species, the mimic gaining protection from resembling a dangerous organism such as a predator or poisonous organism (Batesian mimicry) or where both species are protected against predators by being distasteful …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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