Ec"type (?), n. [Cf. F. ectype. See Ectypal.]

1. Classical Archaeol. (a)

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

(b)

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. .

 

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