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What does "Archetype" mean?

Definition

(n.) The original pattern or model of a work; or the model from which a thing is made or formed (n.) The plan or fundamental structure on which a natural group of animals or plants or their systems of organs are assumed to have been constructed; as, the vertebrate archetype (n.) The standard weight or coin by which others are adjusted


Synonyms pilot, original


Word Family archetypal, archetypes, archetypical