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“an element of a culture or system of behavior passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means”

noun: meme; plural noun: memes

  1. an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by non-genetic means, especially imitation.
    • a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.

Origin

1970s: from Greek mimēma ‘that which is imitated’, on the pattern of gene .