Plural: simulacra: [sim-y--kr]
noun: An imitation or representation of a person or a thing, like a statue or a painting. One could argue that words themselves are simulacra as they are merely representations of the things, people, and ideas they describe, rather than the actual things.
etymology: Latin from 1590-1600. Literal translation "likeness" or "similarity."
Simulacrum of the goddess Artemis: