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archetype

noun [C]     /ˈɑː.kɪ.taɪp/ US  /ˈɑːr-/
a typical example of something, or the original model of something from which others are copied : The United States is the archetype of a federal society .Samples and examples archetypal     /ˌɑː.kɪˈtaɪ.pəl/ /ˈɑː.kɪˌ-/ US  /ˌɑːr-/ adjective (also archetypical) an archetypal English gentleman Typifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significance archetypically     /ˌɑː.kɪˈtɪp.ɪ.kəl.i/ US  /ˌɑːr-/ adverb Typifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significance
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