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vestige

vestige

noun ves·tige \ˈves-tij\

: the last small part that remains of something that existed before

: the smallest possible amount of something

Full Definition of VESTIGE

1
a (1) :  a trace, mark, or visible sign left by something (as an ancient city or a condition or practice) vanished or lost (2) :  the smallest quantity or trace
b :  footprint 1
2
:  a bodily part or organ that is small and degenerate or imperfectly developed in comparison to one more fully developed in an earlier stage of the individual, in a past generation, or in closely related forms
ves·ti·gial \ve-ˈsti-jē-əl, -jəl\ adjective
ves·ti·gial·ly adverb

Examples of VESTIGE

  1. <a few strange words carved on a tree were the only vestige of the lost colony of Roanoke>
  2. <the fossilized vestige of a dinosaur that traversed that muddy landscape millions of years ago>

Origin of VESTIGE

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin vestigium footstep, footprint, track, vestige
First Known Use: 15th century

vestige

noun ves·tige \ˈves-tij\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VESTIGE

:  a bodily part or organ that is small and degenerate or imperfectly developed in comparison to one more fully developed in an earlier stage of the individual, in a past generation, or in closely related forms

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