There is a term for copy-catting nature for practical situations such as cars, systems, etc. For example an engineering project where some part is designed according to bird wing. This methodology of using nature as a model for something has some technical name but I cannot remember it now. What is it?

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Biomimetics is the study of the structure, function and processes of biological organisms and/or systems as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines. It is widely regarded as being synonymous with biomimicry, biomimesis, biognosis and similar to biologically inspired design.


  • how do you make an adjectives from the issue? Biomimetical or biomimetic? Apparently biomimetic after some googling, other?
    – hhh
    Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 13:50
  • Biomimesis is a noun meaning the imitation of life. From this, we get the adjective biomimetic and the field of study biomimetics.
    – Pitarou
    Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 14:27

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