noun Date: 1659 1. the act or process of reproducing; specifically the process by which plants and animals give rise to offspring and which fundamentally consists of the segregation of a portion of the parental body by a sexual or an asexual process and its subsequent growth and differentiation into a new individual 2. something reproduced ; copy 3. young seedling trees in a forest Synonyms: reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing <
reproductions from the museum's furniture collection
. duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing <
a duplicate of a house key
. copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically <
printed 1000 copies of the lithograph
. facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale <
a facsimile of a rare book
. replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details <
a replica of the Mayflower
but not always in the same scale <
miniature replicas of classic cars

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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