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prototype — as in:  prototype of the new machine

If they can mass produce the prototype for under $100, everyone will want one.
the first example of something upon which future instances will be based — such as a new machine or process
prototype — as in:  prototypical response

The researcher identified prototypical responses for each personality type.
a standard example

More rarely, prototype can reference a primitive example containing essential features of later examples.
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