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Ectype \Ec"type\, n. [Cf. F. ectype. See Ectypal.]

  1. (Classical Arch[ae]ol.)

    1. A copy, as in pottery, of an artist's original work. Hence:

    2. A work sculptured in relief, as a cameo, or in bas-relief (in this sense used loosely).

  2. A copy from an original; a type of something that has previously existed.

    Some regarded him [Klopstock] as an ectype of the ancient prophets.
    --Eng. Cyc. .


n. (context philosophy English) A copy; ''usually contrasted with the original, or archetype.''