(?), n. [Gr. an imitator. So called because it resembles pyromorphite.] (Min.) A mineral occurring in pale yellow or brownish hexagonal crystals. It is an arseniate of lead.
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(?), } a. [L. mimicus, Gr. , fr. mime: cf. F. mimique. See Mime.]
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1. Imitative; mimetic.
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Oft, in her absence, mimic fancy wakes
To imitate her.
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Man is, of all creatures, the most mimical.
W. Wotton.
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2. Consisting of, or formed by, imitation; imitated; as, mimic gestures. "Mimic hootings." Wordsworth.
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3. (Min.) Imitative; characterized by resemblance to other forms; -- applied to crystals which by twinning resemble simple forms of a higher grade of symmetry.
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Mimic often implies something droll or ludicrous, and is less dignified than imitative.
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Mimic beetle (Zol.), a beetle that feigns death when disturbed, esp. the species of Hister and allied genera.
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