Mim"ic (?), Mim"ic*al (?), a. [L. mimicus, Gr. , fr. mime: cf. F. mimique. See Mime.]


Imitative; mimetic.

Oft, in her absence, mimic fancy wakes To imitate her. Milton.

Man is, of all creatures, the most mimical. W. Wotton.


Consisting of, or formed by, imitation; imitated; as, mimic gestures.

"Mimic hootings."


3. Min.

Imitative; characterized by resemblance to other forms; -- applied to crystals which by twinning resemble simple forms of a higher grade of symmetry.

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.


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Mim"ic, n.

One who imitates or mimics, especially one who does so for sport; a copyist; a buffoon.



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Mim"ic, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mimicked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Mimicking.]


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.


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