noun, plural simulacra [sim-yuh-ley-kruh] .
a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance.
an effigy, image, or representation: a simulacrum of Aphrodite.

1590–1600; < Latin simulācrum likeness, image, equivalent to simulā(re) to simulate + -crum instrumental suffix Unabridged
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simulacrum (ˌsɪmjʊˈleɪkrəm)
n , pl -cra
1.  any image or representation of something
2.  a slight, unreal, or vague semblance of something; superficial likeness
[C16: from Latin: likeness, from simulāre to imitate, from similis like]

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Word Origin & History

1599, from L. simulacrum "likeness, image, form, representation, portrait," dissimilated from *simulaclom, from simulare "to make like" (see simulation). The word was borrowed earlier as semulacre (late 14c.), via O.Fr. simulacre.
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Example sentences
Speech and music culturally evolved over time to be simulacra of nature.
Though they are an improvement on a computer screen, e-book readers remain crude simulacra of books.
These personages are more than mere simulacra, despite the fact that they live on a rarefied cerebral plane.
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