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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.