Pro·to·type n. An original or model after which anything is copied; the pattern of anything to be engraved, or otherwise copied, cast, or the like; a primary form; exemplar; archetype.
They will turn their backs on it, like their great precursor and prototype. --Burke.
n : a standard or typical example; "he is the prototype of good
breeding"; "he provided America with an image of the good
father" [syn: paradigm, epitome, image]