rel|ict «REHL ihkt», noun, adjective.
1. = relic: (Cf.relic) »

The Winchester bushel is the only existing relict of the old English system (J. Q. Adams).

2. a plant or animal surviving from an earlier period.
3. Geology. a rock, feature, or structure which survives or persists after others have been replaced.
4. a man's widow.
remaining or surviving from an earlier period: »

relict flora, relict rocks, relict permafrost.

[< Late Latin relicta widow; (originally) feminine past participle of Latin relinquere leave < re- back + linquere leave]

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