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  1. a reproduction; copy (opposed to prototype).
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Origin of ectype

1640–50; < Greek éktyp(os) wrought in relief, equivalent to ek- ec- + týp(os) figure (on a wall) + -os adj. suffix; akin to type
Related formsec·ty·pal [ek-tuh-puh l, -tahy-] /ˈɛk tə pəl, -taɪ-/, adjective
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Historical Examples of ectypal

  • In the Platonic sense, then, ideas were the patterns to which the Deity fashioned the phenomenal or ectypal world.'

    Chaucer's Works, Volume 3 (of 7)

    Geoffrey Chaucer

  • Presently, his eye rested on her finger-ring, a cameo with what looked like an ectypal miniature of the "Ecce Homo."

    The Loyalist

    James Francis Barrett

British Dictionary definitions for ectypal


  1. a copy as distinguished from a prototype
  2. architect a cast embossed or in relief
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Derived Formsectypal (ˈɛktɪpəl), adjective

Word Origin for ectype

C17: from Greek ektupos worked in relief, from ek- out of + tupos mould; see type
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