Mimic

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mimic

1. To imitate or ape for sport; to ridicule by imitation. The walk, the words, the gesture, could supply, The habit mimic, and the mien belie. (Dryden)

2. (Science: biology) To assume a resemblance to (some other organism of a totally different nature, or some surrounding object), as a means of protection or advantage.

Synonym: To ape, imitate, counterfeit, mock.

Origin: Mimicked; Mimicking.