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relict

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noun rel·ict \ˈre-likt\

Definition of relict

  1. 1 :  widow

  2. 2 :  a surviving species of an otherwise extinct group of organisms; also :  a remnant of a formerly widespread species that persists in an isolated area

  3. 3 a :  a relief feature or rock remaining after other parts have disappeared b :  something left unchanged



Origin of relict

in sense 1, from Middle English relicte, from Late Latin relicta, from Latin, feminine of relictus, past participle of relinquere; in senses 2 & 3, from relict residual, adjective, from Latin relictus


First Known Use: 15th century


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relict

adjective rel·ict

Definition of relict

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a relict <relict populations>



15th Century

First Known Use of relict

15th century


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