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Definitions of Mimic

Pronunciation : Mim"ic, Mim"ic*al
Part of Speech : a.
Etymology : [L. mimicus, Gr. mimique. See Mime.]
Definition : 1. Imitative; mimetic. Oft, in her absence, mimic fancy wakes To imitate her. Milton. Man is, of all creatures, the most mimical. W. Wotton.

2. Consisting of, or formed by, imitation; imitated; as, mimic gestures. "Mimic hootings." Wordsworth.

3. (Min.)

Defn: Imitative; characterized by resemblance to other forms; -- applied to crystals which by twinning resemble simple forms of a higher grade of symmetry.

Note: Mimic often implies something droll or ludicrous, and is less dignified than imitative. Mimic beetle (Zo?l.), a beetle that feigns death when disturbed, esp. the species of Hister and allied genera.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Mim"ic
Part of Speech : n.
Definition : Defn: One who imitates or mimics, especially one who does so for sport; a copyist; a buffoon. Burke.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Mim"ic
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : 1. To imitate or ape for sport; to ridicule by imitation. The walk, the words, the gesture, could supply, The habit mimic, and the mien belie. Dryden.

2. (Biol.)

Defn: To assume a resemblance to (some other organism of a totally different nature, or some surrounding object), as a means of protection or advantage.

Syn. -- To ape; imitate; counterfeit; mock.

t. [imp. & p. p. Mimicked; p. pr. & vb. n. Mimicking.]
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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