Etymology
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replica (n.)

1824, "a work of art made in exact likeness of another and by the same artist," from Italian replica "copy, repetition, reply," from replicare "to duplicate," from Latin replicare "to repeat," in classical Latin "fold back, fold over, bend back," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + plicare "to fold" (from PIE root *plek- "to plait").

Properly, a duplicate work made by the same artist and thus considered as an original, not a copy. General sense of "any copy, reproduction, or facsimile" is by 1865.

updated on July 07, 2021

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Definitions of replica from WordNet

replica (n.)
copy that is not the original; something that has been copied;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.