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iconic

or iconical

[ahy-kon-ik] /aɪˈkɒn ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of an icon.
2.
Art. (of statues, portraits, etc.) executed according to a convention or tradition.
Origin of iconic
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin īconicus < Greek eikonikós, equivalent to eikon- (stem of eikṓn) icon + -ikos -ic
Related forms
iconically, adverb
iconicity
[ahy-kuh-nis-i-tee] /ˌaɪ kəˈnɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • She is the invariant of each of her iconic Mantrams and her surroundings are the variables that enter and leave the screen.

    The Gallery Roger Phillips Graham
British Dictionary definitions for iconic

iconic

/aɪˈkɒnɪk/
adjective
1.
relating to, resembling, or having the character of an icon
2.
(of memorial sculptures, esp those depicting athletes of ancient Greece) having a fixed conventional style
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Word Origin and History for iconic
adj.

1650s, from Late Latin iconicus, from Greek eikonikos "pertaining to an image," from eikon (see icon).

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