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prototype (n.)

"a primitive form, original, or model after which anything is formed," c. 1600, from French prototype (16c.) and directly from Medieval Latin prototypus "original, primitive," from Greek prōtotypon "a first or primitive form," noun use of neuter singular of prōtotypos "original, primitive," from prōtos "first" (see proto-) + typos "impression, mold, pattern" (see type (n.)). In English from 1590s as prototypon.

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Definitions of prototype from WordNet

prototype (n.)
a standard or typical example;
he is the prototype of good breeding
Synonyms: paradigm / epitome / image
From wordnet.princeton.edu