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mimicry

(mĭm′ĭ-krē)
n. pl. mimic·ries
Biology The resemblance of one organism to another or to an object in its surroundings for concealment and protection from predators.

mimicry

(mim′i-krē)
The practice or instance of one organism copying or mimicking another organism or object, sometimes for concealment from predators.

mimicry

the adoption by one species of any of the properties of another, such as colour, habits, structure. Particularly common in insects, two main forms of mimicry are recognized:
  1. Batesian mimicry, where two species have the same appearance (often warning colours) but one (the ‘model’) is distasteful to predators. The mimic gains advantage because predators learn to associate appearance with bad taste and leave both model and mimic uneaten.
  2. Mullerian mimicry, where both model and mimic are distasteful to predators and both gain from the other's distastefulness since the predator learns to avoid all similar-looking forms, whichever it eats first.
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It contrasts with Batesian mimicry, which proposes that harmless species mimic harmful ones to protect themselves.
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Predators use mimicry to lure prey in for the kill, prey use it to throw off predators from their trail, and some animals can be trained to do it for fun.
Facial mimicry is a nonconscious, involuntary behaviour involving congruent activation of facial muscles upon observing another's expression [19].
In the postcolonial context, mimicry becomes a way for inferior to imitate and be like the superior.
Mimicry makes them look like an entirely different animal or plant.
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Sound mimicry has long been thought to be one of the required ingredients for an animal's ability to follow rhythm.
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