- remains, as those of fossil organisms.
Origin of reliquiae
From Latin, dating back to 1825–35; see origin at relic
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Examples from the Web for reliquiae
Two volumes of his Reliquiae were printed in Paris in the same year.
George Marline's Reliquiae divi Andreae was published in 1797.Life Of Johnson, Volume 5
This was completed in 1644, and appeared in 1651 along with the Reliquiae Wottonianae, a collection edited by Walton.The Age of Dryden
- archaic fossil remains of animals or plants
C19: from Latin: remains
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Word Origin and History for reliquiae
"remains," 1650s, Latin plural of reliquus "remainder, residue," noun use of adjective meaning "that is left, remaining, left over," related to relinquere (perfective reliqui) "to leave behind" (see relinquish).
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