, n. [Cf. F. original.]
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1. Origin; commencement; source.
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It hath it original from much grief.
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And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great Original proclaim.
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2. That which precedes all others of its class; archetype; first copy; hence, an original work of art, manuscript, text, and the like, as distinguished from a copy, translation, etc.
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The Scriptures may be now read in their own original.
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3. An original thinker or writer; an originator. [R.]
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Men who are bad at copying, yet are good originals.
C. G. Leland.
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4. A person of marked eccentricity. [Colloq.]
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5. (Zol. & Bot.) The natural or wild species from which a domesticated or cultivated variety has been derived; as, the wolf is thought by some to be the original of the dog, the blackthorn the original of the plum.
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