) KEY NOUN:
- Ecology An organism or species of an earlier time surviving in an environment that has undergone considerable change.
- Something that has survived; a remnant.
- A widow.
- 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