Definition of


  1. (noun, plant) an organism or species surviving as a remnant of an otherwise extinct flora or fauna in an environment much changed from that in which it originated
  2. (noun, object) geological feature that is a remnant of a pre-existing formation after other parts have disappeared

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Alternate forms of Relict

Hypernyms: being, formation, geological formation, organism

Origin of the word Relict

  1. "widow," c.1460, from M.L. relicta "widow," noun use of fem. of relictus "abandoned, left behind," prop. pp. of L. relinquere "to leave behind" (see relinquish). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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