meme

[meem]
noun
1.
a.
a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition and replication in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.
b.
a cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc., that is spread via the Internet and often altered in a creative or humorous way.
verb (used without object), memed, memeing or meming.
2.
to create and spread memes: He spends a lot of time memeing and sharing his videos with friends.
verb (used with object), memed, memeing or meming.
3.
to make the subject of a meme: cute cats that get memed.

Origin:
1976; < Greek mīmeîsthai ‘to imitate, copy’; coined by R. Dawkins, British biologist

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meme (miːm)
 
n
an idea or element of social behaviour passed on through generations in a culture, esp by imitation
 
[C20: possibly from mimic, on the model of gene]

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meme
1976, introduced by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in "The Selfish Gene" (1976), coined by him from Gk. sources, e.g. mimeisthai "to imitate," and intended to echo gene.
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Example sentences
So no viral thoughts or memes are magically gravitating together.
There is no distinction made between memes relating to belief and knowledge.
Conservatism is the dying throws of the last generation's memes.
We each develop our memes by constructive interpretation of sensory experience.
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