property of an object in which the whole is exact or roughly similar to a part of itself

Something is self-similar if it is similar (or very close) to a part of itself.[1] For example, the Mandelbrot set is self-similar as it contains an infinite number of almost exact copies of itself.

Self similarity around the Feigenbaum point in the Mandelbrot set
Cauliflower shows fractal structures and fibonacci-spirals.


  1. "Self-Similarity - from Wolfram MathWorld". 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2011-10-30.