refugium


re·fu·gi·um

noun \ri-ˈfyü-jē-əm\
plural -gia \-jē-ə\

Definition of REFUGIUM

:  an area of relatively unaltered climate that is inhabited by plants and animals during a period of continental climatic change (as a glaciation) and remains as a center of relict forms from which a new dispersion and speciation may take place after climatic readjustment

Origin of REFUGIUM

New Latin, from Latin, refuge
First Known Use: 1943

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