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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
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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
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Translations

relict

(archaic) [ˈrelɪkt] Nviuda f
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