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[rep-li-kuh] /ˈrɛp lɪ kə/
a copy or reproduction of a work of art produced by the maker of the original or under his or her supervision.
any close or exact copy or reproduction.
Origin of replica
1815-25; < Italian: reply, repetition, derivative of replicare to repeat < Late Latin replicāre to reply
2. duplicate, facsimile; imitation. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Every draw was like its neighbor, every rolling rise a replica of the next.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • His Nell had left him in his daughter Nelly a replica of herself.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • When he asked her what she wanted she replied "a replica of himself."

    A Portrait of Old George Town Grace Dunlop Ecker
  • A replica is a copy of a work of art by the maker of the original.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • Burroughs gazed at a replica of himself as he had been at Fort Macleod.

    A Man of Two Countries Alice Harriman
British Dictionary definitions for replica


an exact copy or reproduction, esp on a smaller scale
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, literally: a reply, from replicare to repeat, from Latin: to bend back, repeat
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Word Origin and History for replica

1824, from Italian replica "copy, repetition, reply," from replicare "to duplicate," from Latin replicare "to repeat" (see reply (v.)). Properly, a copy of a work of art made by the original artist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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