Mimic vs Mimetic - What's the difference?

mimic | mimetic |


As nouns the difference between mimic and mimetic

is that mimic is a person who practices mimicry, or mime while mimetic is something or imitative.

As adjectives the difference between mimic and mimetic

is that mimic is pertaining to mimicry; imitative while mimetic is exhibiting mimesis.

As a verb mimic

is to imitate, especially in order to ridicule.

mimic

English

Alternative forms

* mimick

Verb

  • To imitate, especially in order to ridicule.
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  • (biology) To take on the appearance of another, for protection or camouflage.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A person who practices mimicry, or mime.
  • An imitation.
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Pertaining to mimicry; imitative.
  • *, II.12:
  • I think every man is cloied and wearied, with seeing so many apish and mimicke trickes, that juglers teach their Dogges, as the dances, where they misse not one cadence of the sounds or notes they heare.
  • * Milton
  • Oft, in her absence, mimic fancy wakes / To imitate her.
  • * Wordsworth
  • Mimic hootings.
  • Mock, pretended.
  • (mineralogy) Imitative; characterized by resemblance to other forms; applied to crystals which by twinning resemble simple forms of a higher grade of symmetry.
  • mimetic

    English

    Alternative forms

    * mimetick (qualifier)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Exhibiting mimesis
  • Antonyms

    * nonmimetic

    Derived terms

    * mimeticity

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Something or imitative.
  • (education) A type of mnemonic.
  • (pharmacology) A substance with similar pharmacological effects to another substance.