rel·ict (rĕlĭkt, rĭ-lĭkt)
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.
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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