Mimic

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Mimic

An imitation that sends a false signal.
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The possibilities are endless: bone is stronger than steel on an ounce-by-ounce basis and if mimicked can provide a lightweight and durable building material.
Scientists from Durham University in the United Kingdom discovered that orangutans might be able to control their voices after an eight-year-old orangutan named Rocky mimicked the pitch and tone made by researchers.
THE royals may be about to get very sniffy with Zara Phillips' husband Mike Tindall - after viewers said he mimicked snorting cocaine on TV.
An intriguing series of studies by Rick van Baaren and his colleagues has even shown that after being mimicked, we behave more helpfully and generously toward others in a variety of ways, from helping them pick up things they have dropped to giving more money to charity (you are even more likely to give bigger tips to waiters who mimic you!).
For comparison, another group mimicked the movements of a white actor, and the third group simply watched a black actor.