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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mimic \Mim"ic\, Mimical \Mim"ic*al\, adjective [L. mimicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? mime: cf. F. mimique. See {Mime}.]

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.) 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} (Zool.), a beetle that feigns death when disturbed, esp. the species of {Hister} and allied genera.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mimic \Mim"ic\, noun One who imitates or mimics, especially one who does so for sport; a copyist; a buffoon. --Burke.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mimic \Mim"ic\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Mimicked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mimicking}.]

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.) 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

mimic

adjective

1: constituting an imitation; "the mimic warfare of the opera stage"- Archibald Alison

noun

1: someone who mimics (especially an actor or actress) [syn: {mimic}, {mimicker}]

verb

1: imitate (a person or manner), especially for satirical effect; "The actor mimicked the President very accurately" [syn: {mimic}, {mime}]


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