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 for avatar
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Avatar \Av`a*tar"\ ([a^]v`[.a]*t[add]r"), n. [Skr. avat[^a]ra
     descent; ava from + root t[.r] to cross, pass over.]
     1. (Hindu Myth.) The descent of a deity to earth, and his
        incarnation as a man or an animal; -- chiefly associated
        with the incarnations of Vishnu.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. An incarnation, embodiment or personification of a
        principle, quality, or attitude; -- used of people, mostly
        in a positive sense as a manifestation of a behavior or
        character worthy of admiration.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
              Martha Stewart, the home-and-hearth avatar whose
              products are now available at Kmart stores, is
              making upscale design touches like 200-thread-count
              cotton bed sheets something that most every American
              can aspire to.                        --Leslie
                                                    Kaufman (N. Y.
                                                    Times, May 7,
                                                    1999).
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  avatar
      n 1: a new personification of a familiar idea; "the embodiment
           of hope"; "the incarnation of evil"; "the very avatar of
           cunning" [syn: embodiment, incarnation, avatar]
      2: the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in
         human or superhuman or animal form; "the Buddha is considered
         an avatar of the god Vishnu"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  81 Moby Thesaurus words for "avatar":
     Buddha, Christophany, Jagannath, Juggernaut, Kurma, Matsya,
     Narsinh, Parshuram, Rama, Satanophany, Vaman, Varah, angelophany,
     apparition, appearance, appearing, arising, catabolism, catalysis,
     coming, coming into being, coming-forth, consubstantiation,
     disclosure, displacement, dissemination, embodiment, emergence,
     epiphany, evidence, evincement, exposure, expression, forthcoming,
     heterotopia, incarnation, indication, issuance, manifestation,
     materialization, materializing, metabolism, metagenesis,
     metamorphism, metamorphosis, metastasis, metathesis,
     metempsychosis, mutant, mutated form, mutation, occurrence,
     opening, permutation, pneumatophany, presentation, proof,
     publication, realization, reincarnation, revelation, rise, rising,
     showing, showing forth, sport, theophany, transanimation,
     transfiguration, transfigurement, transformation, transformism,
     translation, translocation, transmigration, transmogrification,
     transmutation, transposition, transubstantiation, unfolding,
     unfoldment
  
  

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

  AVATAR
         Advanced Video Attribute Terminal Assembler and Recreator (BBS)
         

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  avatar
   n.
  
      [in Hindu mythology, the incarnation of a god]
  
      1. Among people working on virtual reality and cyberspace interfaces, an
      avatar is an icon or representation of a user in a shared virtual reality.
      The term is sometimes used on MUDs.
  
      2. [CMU, Tektronix] root, superuser. There are quite a few Unix
      machines on which the name of the superuser account is ?avatar? rather than
      ?root?. This quirk was originated by a CMU hacker who found the terms root
      and superuser unimaginative, and thought ?avatar? might better impress
      people with the responsibility they were accepting.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  avatar
  av
  
     1.  An image representing a user in a
     multi-user virtual reality (or VR-like, in the case of
     Palace) space.
  
     2. (CMU, Tektronix) root, superuser.  There are quite a
     few Unix computers on which the name of the superuser
     account is "avatar" rather than "root".  This quirk was
     originated by a CMU hacker who disliked the term
     "superuser", and was propagated through an ex-CMU hacker at
     Tektronix.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1997-09-14)
  

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