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1. To follow as a pattern, model, or example; to copy or strive to copy, in acts, manners etc. Despise wealth and imitate a dog. (Cowlay)

2. To produce a semblance or likeness of, in form, character, colour, qualities, conduct, manners, and the like; to counterfeit; to copy. A place picked out by choice of best alive The natures work by art can imitate. (Spenser) This hand appeared a shining sword to weild, And that sustained an imitated shield. (Dryden)

3. (Science: biology) to resemble (another species of animal, or a plant, or inanimate object) in form, colour, ornamentation, or instinctive habits, so as to derive an advantage thereby; sa, when a harmless snake imitates a venomous one in colour and manner, or when an odorless insect imitates, in colour, one having secretion offensive to birds.

Origin: L. Imitatus, p. P. Of imitari to imitate; of unknown origin. Cf. Image.

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Re: Camouflage in nature

... is a pretty stable benchmark). This is another one - Phengaris rebeli ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phengaris_rebeli ). This amazing creature imitates at least 2 qualities of ants (scent and sound signals emitted by queen ants). I would be interested to know how this system worked out with ...

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by Nick7
Sat Nov 12, 2011 7:36 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Camouflage in nature
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Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... look to, when designing their machines. I could go on about the seagull’s wings , the low drag design of the boxfish that the concept car imitates, the shock-absorbing properties of the abalone shells , or the s onar in dolphins etc etc. So many good ideas have come from nature that researchers ...

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by scottie
Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:10 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
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The Fiber Disease

... extremely reactive hydroxylradical from superoxide radical anion and hydrogen peroxide (Pilas et al., 1988). It has also been shown that melanin imitates action of superoxide dismutase(SOD), thus additionally limiting oxidative stress(Korytowski et al., 1986). More importantly, it has recently ...

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by Nadas Moksha
Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:39 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
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