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Replicator
  • n. Any construct that acts to produce copies of itself; this could be a living organism, an idea (see meme), a program (see quine, worm, wabbit, fork bomb, and virus), a pattern in a cellular automaton (see life, sense 1), or (speculatively) a robot or nanobot. It is even claimed by some that UNIX and C are the symbiotic halves of an extremely successful replicator; see UNIX conspiracy.