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1630s, "having an aptitude for mimicry," from Greek mimetikos "imitative, good at imitating," from mimetos, verbal adjective of mimeisthai "to imitate." Originally of persons, attested of animals or plants from 1851. Related: Mimetical (1610s); mimetically.
mimetic mi·met·ic (mĭ-mět'ĭk, mī-)
Of or exhibiting mimicry.
Of or relating to mimesis.