relict


1rel·ict

noun \ˈre-likt\

Definition of RELICT

1
:  widow
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
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

2relict

adjective

Definition of RELICT

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

First Known Use of RELICT

15th century

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