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reproduce from (something)

1. To spawn or generate offspring from some source. Unusual among most plants, ferns reproduce from spores rather than seeds. The platypus and echidna are the only two mammals that reproduce from eggs.
2. To spawn or generate offspring from some range of ages or times of the year. The animal reproduces from March to June each year. The male gorilla is first able to reproduce from 15 to 20 years of age.
3. To produce a copy or duplicate from something or some source; to make an imitation or representation from something or some source. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "reproduce" and "from." The criminals were able to reproduce spot-on counterfeit banknotes from the stolen printing plates. I started my career by reproducing animation from some of my favorite cartoons. We were able to reproduce a legible manuscript from the old parchments we found in the tomb.
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reproduce something from something

to make a copy of something from something else. I think we can reproduce the picture from the copy that you have there. We don't need the negative. Can you reproduce a good copy from this old print?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The virus inserts itself into a skin cell's DNA (chemical carrying hereditary information) and uses the cell to replicate (reproduce).
Crichton has moved from the ghastly gigantic predators of Jurassic Park to even more frightening predators--sub-micro nanobeasties who reproduce, menace, and evolve with stunning rapidity Wilson capably narrates the harrowing scientific tale in a careful, sane, reasonable tone that leaves the listener in excruciating suspense.
As mistletoe grows and reproduces, the shoots, flowers, and berries provide food for a variety of creatures.
Expert readers can easily reproduce the 16 letters, not because the letters are individually remembered, but because they are reconstructed from previous knowledge of written English.
The NIST research spray combustion facility, where the synthetic soots will be created, does not emulate real-world conditions of industrial reactors such as furnaces or gas turbines; such systems are far too complex to reproduce in the lab.
Currently approved anti-HIV drugs all work by blocking the ability of HIV to reproduce, but IBTs work in vastly different ways.
Cohen, in "Cloning Hearing Moves Congress toward a Ban," (HCR, May-June 2001) states that "the Supreme Court has never recognized an affirmative right to reproduce by anyone by any means ..." This is not correct.
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For almost a year, the young choreographer Sergei Vikharev studied these materials closely in order to reproduce the dance sequences and the pantomime, the arcane language of gestures and facial expressions.
(See "Electronic Storage Requirements," page 94, for more details.) During an IRS examination, the taxpayer must be able to retrieve and reproduce electronically stored and machine-sensible books and records (including hard copies, if requested).
Grieving parents might want to reproduce a terminally ill child, suggested one; others want to give infertile couples the option to clone themselves.
You get the impression that these virile Englishmen do not require women to reproduce. They just come out to Jamaica, scratch out a nest and lay eggs that hatch out into "pink" Jamaicans.
Single-cell organisms reproduce by simply dividing into halves, each half becoming a distinct individual capable of further subdivision.
Thus, faculty authors were free to reuse their works later as book chapters, to update articles for republication, to reproduce them for distribution to the faculty member's own classes, and to make copies available to their colleagues upon request.
When published, the photographs elicited requests companywide to reproduce the photos for a variety of other purposes -- from newsletters to corporate brochures.