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noun re·fu·gi·um \ri-ˈfyü-jē-əm\

Definition of refugium



  1. :  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 and Etymology of refugium

New Latin, from Latin, refuge

First Known Use: 1943

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