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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Original \O*rig"i*nal\, n. [Cf. F. original.]
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   1. Origin; commencement; source.
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            It hath it original from much grief.  --Shak.
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            And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
            Their great Original proclaim.        --Addison.
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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.                             --Milton.
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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. (Zool. & 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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Original \O*rig"i*nal\, a. [F. original, L. originalis.]
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   1. Pertaining to the origin or beginning; preceding all
      others; first in order; primitive; primary; pristine; as,
      the original state of man; the original laws of a country;
      the original inventor of a process.
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            His form had yet not lost
            All her original brightness.          --Milton.
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   2. Not copied, imitated, or translated; new; fresh; genuine;
      as, an original thought; an original process; the original
      text of Scripture.
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   3. Having the power to suggest new thoughts or combinations
      of thought; inventive; as, an original genius.
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   4. Before unused or unknown; new; as, a book full of original
      matter.
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   Original sin (Theol.), the first sin of Adam, as related to
      its consequences to his descendants of the human race; --
      called also total depravity. See Calvinism.
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