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
- Ecology A species that inhabits a much smaller geographic area than it did in the past, often because of environmental change.
- Something that has survived; a remnant.
- Law A widow or widower.
Origin of relictFrom 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.
- (formal) Something which, or someone who, survives or remains or is left over after the loss of others; a relic.
- (archaic) The surviving member of a married couple after one or the other has died; a widow or widower.
- (biology, ecology) A species, organism, or ecosystem which has survived from a previous age: one which was once widespread but which is now found only in a few areas.
- (geology) A structure or other feature which has survived from a previous age.
- (linguistics) A survival of an archaic word, language or other form.
- A small number of linguists believe that Cimbrian is not an Austro-Bavarian dialect but a relict of Lombardic.
From Latin relictus, past participle of relinquÅ (“I leave behind, abandon, relinquish"), from re- + linquÅ (“I leave, quit, forsake, depart from").