[ proh-tuh-tip-i-kuhl ]
/ ˌproʊ təˈtɪp ɪ kəl /
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being the original or model on which something is based or formed:Even Los Angeles, the prototypical American automobile city, is rapidly expanding its public transit infrastructure.
illustrating the typical qualities of a class or group: Scotty played center field as a quick, prototypical lead-off hitter. The International Harvester Farmall letter series, well-built and affordable, became an iconic symbol of the prototypical American small-farm tractor.
Biology. being a primitive form regarded as the basis of a group; archetypal: She graduated with a degree in biology, having conducted her senior thesis research on virulence factors of vaccinia, the prototypical poxvirus.
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Also pro·to·typ·ic . Sometimes pro·to·typ·al [proh-tuh-tip-uhl] /ˌproʊ təˈtɪp əl/ .
OTHER WORDS FROM prototypicalpro·to·typ·i·cal·ly, adverb
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