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Etymology edit

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

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  • 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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mimic (plural mimics)

  1. A person who practices mimicry; especially:
    1. A mime.
    2. A comic who does impressions.
      Synonym: impressionist
  2. An entity that mimics another entity, such as a disease that resembles another disease in its signs and symptoms; see the great imitator.
  3. An imitation.

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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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Etymology edit

Borrowed 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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