1. Imitative; mimetic. Oft, in her absence, mimic fancy wakes To imitate her. (milton) Man is, of all creatures, the most mimical. (W. Wotton)
2. Consisting of, or formed by, imitation; imitated; as, mimic gestures. Mimic hootings.
3. (Science: chemical) imitative; characterised by resemblance to other forms; applied to crystals which by twinning resemble simple forms of a higher grade of symmetry.
mimic often implies something droll or ludicrous, and is less dignified than imitative.
(Science: zoology) mimic beetle, a beetle that feigns death when disturbed, especially. The species of Hister and allied genera.
Origin: L. Mimicus, Gr, fr. Mime: cf. F. Mimique. See Mime.