mimicry

[mim-ik-ree]
noun, plural mimicries.
1.
the act, practice, or art of mimicking.
2.
Biology. the close external resemblance of an organism, the mimic, to some different organism, the model, such that the mimic benefits from the mistaken identity, as seeming to be unpalatable or harmful.
3.
an instance, performance, or result of mimicking.

Origin:
1680–90; mimic + -ry

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mimicry (ˈmɪmɪkrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  the act or art of copying or imitating closely; mimicking
2.  the resemblance shown by one animal species, esp an insect, to another, which protects it from predators

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mimicry
1680s, from mimic + -ry. Zoological sense is from 1861.
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mimicry mim·ic·ry (mĭm'ĭ-krē)
n.
The resemblance of one organism to another or to an object in its surroundings for concealment and protection.

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mimicry  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (mĭm'ĭ-krē)  Pronunciation Key 
The resemblance of one organism to another or to an object in its surroundings for concealment or protection from predators. See also aggressive mimicry, Batesian mimicry, Müllerian mimicry.

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Example sentences
It must have to do with the cultural mimicry you describe.
Each of these images contains one or more creatures exhibiting some form of
  mimicry behavior.
Researchers find that mimicry makes digital avatars more credible and
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Many creatures have evolved protective forms of mimicry.
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