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 for meme
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  meme
   /meem/, n.
  
          [coined by analogy with `gene', by Richard Dawkins] An idea
          considered as a replicator, esp. with the connotation that memes
          parasitize people into propagating them much as viruses do. Used
          esp. in the phrase meme complex denoting a group of mutually
          supporting memes that form an organized belief system, such as a
          religion. This lexicon is an (epidemiological) vector of the `hacker
          subculture' meme complex; each entry might be considered a meme.
          However, meme is often misused to mean meme complex. Use of the term
          connotes acceptance of the idea that in humans (and presumably other
          tool- and language-using sophonts) cultural evolution by selection
          of adaptive ideas has superseded biological evolution by selection
          of hereditary traits. Hackers find this idea congenial for tolerably
          obvious reasons.
  

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