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rel·ict

 (rĕl′ĭkt, rĭ-lĭkt′)
n.
1. Ecology A species that inhabits a much smaller geographic area than it did in the past, often because of environmental change.
2. Something that has survived; a remnant.
3. Law A widow or widower.
adj. Geology
Of or relating to something that has survived, as structures or minerals after destructive processes.

[From Middle English relicte, left undisturbed, from Latin relictus, past participle of relinquere, to leave behind; see relinquish. Sense 3, Middle English relicte, from Medieval Latin relicta, from feminine past participle of Latin relinquere.]

relict

(ˈrɛlɪkt)
n
1. (Biology) ecology
a. a group of animals or plants that exists as a remnant of a formerly widely distributed group in an environment different from that in which it originated
b. (as modifier): a relict fauna.
2. (Geological Science) geology
a. a mountain, lake, glacier, etc, that is a remnant of a pre-existing formation after a destructive process has occurred
b. a mineral that remains unaltered after metamorphism of the rock in which it occurs
3. an archaic word for widow1
4. an archaic word for relic6
[C16: from Latin relictus left behind, from relinquere to relinquish]

rel•ict

(ˈrɛl ɪkt)

n.
1. a species or community living in an environment that has changed from that which is typical for it.
2. a remnant or survivor.
3. a widow.
[1525–35; < Medieval Latin relicta widow, n. use of feminine of Latin relictus, past participle of relinquere to relinquish]

relict

an animal or plant surviving in one area after becoming extinct else-where; a survival of an earlier period. — relict, adj.
See also: Animals
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.relict - an organism or species surviving as a remnant of an otherwise extinct flora or fauna in an environment much changed from that in which it originated
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
2.relict - geological feature that is a remnant of a pre-existing formation after other parts have disappeared
geological formation, formation - (geology) the geological features of the earth
Translations

relict

(archaic) [ˈrelɪkt] Nviuda f
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Do thou from mansions of eternal bliss Remember thy distressed relict.
Relict means just the same as widow, only a man can be a relict, too.
There's only one uglier word that I know of, and that's RELICT.
Avonlea graveyard was full of old tombstones `sacred to the memory of So-and-So, RELICT of the late So-and-So.
Sparsit, deceased, of whom she was the relict, had been by the mother's side what Mrs.
Bardell-- the relict and sole executrix of a deceased custom-house officer--was a comely woman of bustling manners and agreeable appearance, with a natural genius for cooking, improved by study and long practice, into an exquisite talent.
A matrimonial alliance" (the Glasgow journal announced) "was in prospect between the Honorable Geoffrey Delamayn and the lovely and accomplished relict of the late Mathew Glenarm, Esq.
Whether the deceased might not have been better off if he had emigrated in his bachelor days, was a question which his relict did not stop to consider; for Kate entered the room, with her workbox, in this stage of her reflections; and a much slighter interruption, or no interruption at all, would have diverted Mrs Nickleby's thoughts into a new channel at any time.
The room Arthur Clennam's deceased father had occupied for business purposes, when he first remembered him, was so unaltered that he might have been imagined still to keep it invisibly, as his visible relict kept her room up-stairs; Jeremiah Flintwinch still going between them negotiating.
We didn't cook none of the pies in the wash-pan -- afraid the solder would melt; but Uncle Silas he had a noble brass warming-pan which he thought consider- able of, because it belonged to one of his ancesters with a long wooden handle that come over from Eng- land with William the Conqueror in the Mayflower or one of them early ships and was hid away up garret with a lot of other old pots and things that was valuable, not on account of being any account, be- cause they warn't, but on account of them being relicts, you know, and we snaked her out, private, and took her down there, but she failed on the first pies, because we didn't know how, but she come up smiling on the last one.
The Levels were once famous for their farm-based orchards, and the partners are looking to work with farmers who have existing or relict orchards and would like to plant more apple and pear trees.
6m @ 980ppm Li whilst grab samples of relict drill spoil from shallow holes completed during a small, historical program to test the clay for industrial purposes returned results including: 1650ppm Li and 1290ppm Li.