Scrabble Bingo of the Day: MIMESIS


MIMESIS  n pl. -MESISES or -MESES  mimicry  MIMETIC adj

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MIMESIS is just another term for MIMICRY in the world of zoology, but it's not just limited to the science of animals, it's used elsewhere as well. But no matter where you use the words, their definitions are the same—to IMITATE closely. In the following photo, you'll see a planthopper mimicking a leaf.

Scrabble Bingo of the Day: MIMESIS

You're going to see a lot of IMITATING going on by humans this Halloween, but in the land of horror movies, my favorite example of mimesis come from John Carpenter's The Thing, in which an alien hides amongst the inhabitants of an Antarctic research station. The life form is able to imitate and reproduce whatever it absorbs, cell for cell—even humans.

Scrabble Bingo of the Day: MIMESIS

It's truly one of the best horror movies for Halloween—one of those movies you can't stop watching over and over again. The film is one hundred percent creepy, thanks in part to the eerie trademark music of isolation and despair employed by Carpenter (this time composed by Ennio Morricone). The special effects are superior to any CGI you'll see these days, especially compared to the half-remake, half-prequel that just came out by director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Scrabble Bingo of the Day: MIMESIS

The above poster is for the 2011 semi-remake of The Thing.


MIMICRY  n pl. -IES  an instance of mimicking

Scrabble Bingo of the Day: MIMESIS

Above, some truly creepy physical effects from Carpenter's version.

Related Words

APE  v APED, APING, APES  to mimic
  n pl. -S  one that apes
  n pl. -ERIES  the act of aping
  v -CATTED, -CATTING, -CATS  to imitate
  n pl. -S  an imitator
  adj  capable of being imitated
  v -TATED, -TATING, -TATES  to behave in the same way as
  n pl. -S  one that imitates
  v MIMED, MIMING, MIMES  to mimic
  n pl. -S  one that mimes
  v -ICKED, -ICKING, -ICS  to imitate closely
  adj  of the nature of mimicry
n pl. -S  one that mimics
  present participle of mimic
MIMING  present participle of mime

Scrabble Bingo of the Day: MIMESIS

Insect photo by Mila Zinkova

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