plural of archetype
as in forerunners
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 originals
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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“Archetypes.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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