Mimic vs Phenomime - What's the difference?

mimic | phenomime |

As nouns the difference between mimic and phenomime

is that mimic is a person who practices mimicry, or mime while phenomime is (linguistics) a word or phrase that mimics a certain physical form or motion.

As a verb mimic

is to imitate, especially in order to ridicule.

As an adjective mimic

is pertaining to mimicry; imitative.



Alternative forms

* mimick


  • 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


    (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.
  • phenomime



    (en noun)
  • (linguistics) A word or phrase that mimics a certain physical form or motion
  • *{{quote-book, 1990, Masayoshi Shibatani, The languages of Japan, page=154, isbn=0521369185, pageurl=http://books.google.com/books?id=sD-MFTUiPYgC&pg=PA154
  • , passage=Phenomimes "depict" states, conditions, or manners of the external world, while psychomimes symbolize mental conditions or sensations.}}