re plica


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.

1815–25; < Italian: reply, repetition, derivative of replicare to repeat < Late Latin replicāre to reply

2. duplicate, facsimile; imitation. Unabridged
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replica (ˈrɛplɪkə)
an exact copy or reproduction, esp on a smaller scale
[C19: from Italian, literally: a reply, from replicare to repeat, from Latin: to bend back, repeat]

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Word Origin & History

1824, from It. replica "copy, repetition, reply," from L. replicare "to repeat" (see reply). Properly, a copy of a work of art made by the original artist. Replicate, in this sense, is from 1882; genetic sense is first recorded 1957.
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