If not an imitation, though, then the question on many minds is: What exactly is it?
The very faculty of language is, to a large extent, a matter of imitation.
For Mr. Hilfiger," she wrote, "the runway may be paved in imitation fieldstone.
c.1400, "emulation; act of copying," from Old French imitacion, from Latin imitationem (nominative imitatio) "a copying, imitation," from past participle stem of imitari "to copy, portray, imitate," from PIE *im-eto-, from root *aim- "copy" (cf. Hittite himma- "imitation, substitute"). Meaning "an artificial likeness" is from c.1600. As an adjective, from 1840.