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prototype

noun [C]     /ˈprəʊ.tə.taɪp/ US  /ˈproʊ.t̬ə-/
the first example of something, such as a machine or other industrial product, from which all later forms are developed: a prototype for/of a new carSamples and examplesInventing, designing and innovationCreating and producing
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