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

  Prototype \Pro"to*type\, n. [F., from L. prototypus original,
     primitive, Gr. ?, ?; ? first + ? type, model. See Proto-,
     and Type]
     An original or model after which anything is copied; the
     pattern of anything to be engraved, or otherwise copied,
     cast, or the like; a primary form; exemplar; archetype.
     [1913 Webster]
           They will turn their backs on it, like their great
           precursor and prototype.                 --Burke.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a standard or typical example; "he is the prototype of good
           breeding"; "he provided America with an image of the good
           father" [syn: prototype, paradigm, epitome, image]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  115 Moby Thesaurus words for "prototype":
     Geistesgeschichte, Hegelian idea, Kantian idea, Platonic form,
     Platonic idea, aesthetic form, analogue, ancestor, antecedent,
     antetype, antitype, archetype, art form, biotype, build, cast,
     classic, classic example, complex idea, configuration,
     conformation, criterion, cut, epitome, eternal object,
     eternal universal, example, exemplar, fashion, figuration, figure,
     first, foregoer, form, formal cause, format, formation, frame,
     fugleman, fugler, genotype, genre, highest category,
     history of ideas, ideal, idealism, ideate, ideatum, idee-force,
     illustration, imitatee, impression, innate idea, inner form,
     innovation, instance, layout, lead, make, makeup, masterpiece,
     masterwork, matrix, metaphor, mirror, modality, mode, model, mold,
     mould, new departure, noosphere, norm, noumenon, original,
     paradigm, paragon, pattern, pattern of perfection, percept,
     pilot model, precedent, precursor, predecessor, quintessence,
     referent, regulative first principle, representative, rule, sample,
     set, shape, significant form, simple idea, stamp, standard,
     structure, style, subsistent form, the Absolute, the Absolute Idea,
     the Self-determined, the realized ideal, transcendent idea,
     transcendent nonempirical concept, transcendent universal, turn,
     type, type species, type specimen, universal, universal concept,
     universal essence, urtext, very model

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

     1.  An early version of a product, designed to
     demonstrate feasability and elicit feedback.  A prototype
     usually has some subset of the functions, behaviour and
     appearance of the finished product.  It is usually made using
     a method suitable for producing a one-off rather than mass
     2.  In prototype-based programming, an object
     that is intended to be cloned to create similar objects which
     may then be modified independently and/or cloned themselves.

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