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

  Ideal \I*de"al\, n.
     A mental conception regarded as a standard of perfection; a
     model of excellence, beauty, etc.
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           The ideal is to be attained by selecting and assembling
           in one whole the beauties and perfections which are
           usually seen in different individuals, excluding
           everything defective or unseemly, so as to form a type
           or model of the species. Thus, the Apollo Belvedere is
           the ideal of the beauty and proportion of the human
           frame.                                   --Fleming.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Beau ideal. See Beau ideal.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beau ideal \Beau" i*de"al\ (b[=o]" [-i]*d[=e]"al; 277). [F. beau
     beautiful + id['e]al ideal.]
     A conception or image of consummate beauty, moral or
     physical, formed in the mind, free from all the deformities,
     defects, and blemishes seen in actual existence; an ideal or
     faultless standard or model.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  beau ideal
      n 1: an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept [syn:
           paragon, idol, perfection, beau ideal]

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