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ˈrɛl ɪktrelict

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. relictnoun

    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

  2. relictnoun

    geological feature that is a remnant of a pre-existing formation after other parts have disappeared


  1. relictnoun

    Something which, or someone who, survives or remains or is left over after the loss of others; a relic.

  2. relictadjective

    Surviving, remaining.

  3. relictadjective

    That is a relict; pertaining to a relict.

  4. Etymology: From relictus, past participle of relinquo, from re- + linquo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Relictnoun

    A widow; a wife desolate by the death of her husband.

    Etymology: relicte, old Fr. relicta, Lat.

    If the fathers and husbands were of the houshold of faith, then certainly their relicts and children cannot be strangers in this houshold. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    Chaste relict!
    Honour’d on earth, and worthy of the love
    Of such a spouse, as now resides above. Samuel Garth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relictnoun

    a woman whose husband is dead; a widow

  2. Etymology: [L. relicta, fr. of relictus, p. p. of relinquere to leave behind. See Relinquish.]


  1. Relict

    A relict is a surviving remnant of a natural phenomenon. ⁕In biology a relict is an organism that at an earlier time was abundant in a large area but now occurs at only one or a few small areas. ⁕In ecology, an ecosystem which originally ranged over a large expanse, but is now narrowly confined, may be termed a relict. ⁕In geology, the term relict refers to structures or minerals from a parent rock that did not undergo metamorphosis when the surrounding rock did, or to rock that survived a destructive geologic process. ⁕In agronomy, a relict crop is a crop which was previously grown extensively, but is now only used in one limited region, or a small number of isolated regions. ⁕In historical linguistics, a relict is a word that is a survivor of a form or forms that are otherwise archaic. ⁕A relict was an ancient term for a widow, but has come to be a generic or collective term for widows and widowers. ⁕In real estate law, reliction is the gradual recession of water from its usual high water mark so that the newly uncovered land becomes the property of the adjoining riparian property owner.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Relict

    rel′ikt, n. a woman surviving her husband, a widow. [L. relictarelinquĕre.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of relict in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of relict in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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    a small contrasting part of something
    • A. allogamy
    • B. hypostatization
    • C. maculation
    • D. calcaneus

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