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rel·ict  audio  (rlkt, r-lkt) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. Ecology An organism or species of an earlier time surviving in an environment that has undergone considerable change.
  2. Something that has survived; a remnant.
  3. A widow.
ADJECTIVE:
Geology
Of or relating to something that has survived, as structures or minerals after destructive processes.

ETYMOLOGY:
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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