Definition of PROTOTYPE

one of a group or collection that shows what the whole is like <a literary character who is universally regarded as the ultimate prototype of the spoiled, willful Southern belle>
something belonging to an earlier time from which something else was later developed <the Greek epic that is the prototype of the hero myth>
Antonyms descendant (also descendent)
something from which copies are made <the manufacturer exhaustively tested the prototype of the vehicle before approving production>

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