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as in forerunner
something belonging to an earlier time from which something else was later developed the abacus is sometimes cited as the archetype of the modern digital calculator

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as in original
something from which copies are made Beowulf is considered by some scholars to be the archetype for medieval British heroic tales

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“Archetype.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/archetype. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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