Origin of relictClassical Latin relictus, past participle of relinquere: see relinquish
Origin of relictLL relicta < L relictusArchaic a widow
Origin of relict< the adj.
- Ecol. a plant or animal species living on in isolation in a small local area as a survival from an earlier period or as a remnant of an almost extinct group
- Geol. a physical feature, mineral, structure, etc. remaining after other components have wasted away or been altered