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From Biology-Online Dictionary
Origin: L. Fac simile make like; or an abbreviation of factum simile made like; facere = to make _ similes like. See Fact, and Simile.
a copy of anything made, either so as to be deceptive or so as to give every part and detail of the original; an exact copy or likeness. Facsimile telegraph, a telegraphic apparatus reproducing messages in autograph.