automimicry

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

auto- +‎ mimicry

Noun[edit]

automimicry ‎(plural automimicries)

  1. (ecology) The advantage gained by some members of a species from their resemblance to others of the same species. Males of many bees and wasps, although defenseless, are protected from predators by their resemblance to females that are equipped with stingers.