Ec"type (?), n. [Cf. F. ectype. See Ectypal.]
1. Classical Archaeol. (a)
A copy, as in pottery, of an artist's original work. Hence:
A work sculptured in relief, as a cameo, or in bas-relief (in this sense used loosely).
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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