mimic

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin mīmicus, from Ancient Greek μῑμικός (mīmikós, belonging to mimes), from μῖμος (mîmos, imitator, actor); see mime.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɪm.ɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪmɪk

Verb[edit]

mimic (third-person singular simple present mimics, present participle mimicking, simple past and past participle mimicked)

  1. To imitate, especially in order to ridicule.
    • 2013 June 1, “A better waterworks”, in The Economist[1], volume 407, number 8838, page 5 (Technology Quarterly):
      An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic the way real kidneys cleanse blood and eject impurities and surplus water as urine.
  2. (biology) To take on the appearance of another, for protection or camouflage.

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Noun[edit]

mimic (plural mimics)

  1. A person who practices mimicry, or mime.
  2. An imitation.

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Adjective[edit]

mimic (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to mimicry; imitative.
  2. Mock, pretended.
  3. (mineralogy) Imitative; characterized by resemblance to other forms; applied to crystals which by twinning resemble simple forms of a higher grade of symmetry.

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French mimique

Adjective[edit]

mimic m or n (feminine singular mimică, masculine plural mimici, feminine and neuter plural mimice)

  1. mimic

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