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1 the portion or bits of something left over or behind after it has been destroyed
  • the detective noticed an ashy residue in the sink and deduced that a piece of paper had been burned there

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2 a remaining group or portion
  • the residue of our Thanksgiving feast consisted of a denuded turkey carcass and a couple rolls

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The first known use of residue was in the 14th century

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“Residue.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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