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Monday, December 19, 2011

ectype

\EK-tahyp\ , noun;
1.
A reproduction; copy.
Quotes:
Were it not for the existence of the prototype, the ectype would not exist. And the characters of the ectype are determined entirely by those of the prototype, being again simply their reflections.
-- Robert W. Jenson, The Knowledge of Things Hoped For
The development of ectype from prototype occurs as a concatenation, so that each dimension arises out of the previous one without wholly seperating itself.
-- Martin Wallen, City of Health, Fields of Disease
Origin:
As opposed to prototype, ectype originally meant “wrought in relief” in Greek. Its roots are ec, a variant of “ex,” and týpos, a “figure on a wall.”
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