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[ri-fyoo-jee-uh m] /rɪˈfyu dʒi əm/
noun, plural refugia
[ri-fyoo-jee-uh] /rɪˈfyu dʒi ə/ (Show IPA)
an area where special environmental circumstances have enabled a species or a community of species to survive after extinction in surrounding areas.
Origin of refugium
From Latin, dating back to 1940-45; See origin at refuge Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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noun (pl) -gia (-dʒɪə)
a geographical region that has remained unaltered by a climatic change affecting surrounding regions and that therefore forms a haven for relict fauna and flora
Word Origin
C20: Latin: refuge
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