simulacrum \sim-yuh-LAY-kruhm; -LAK-ruhm\, noun;
plural simulacra \sim-yuh-LAY-kruh; -LAK-ruh\:
1. An image; a representation.
2. An insubstantial, superficial, or vague likeness or semblance.
It becomes harder… to distinguish the genuine from its simulacrum.
— Wayne Curtis, “The Tiki Wars,” The Atlantic, February 2001
Simulacrum is from the Latin, from simulare, “to make like, to put on an appearance of,” from similis, “like.” It is related to simulate and similar.
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