noun, plural re·fu·gi·a [ri-fyoo-jee-uh] /rɪˈfyu dʒi ə/.
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
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Refugia, this is the preserver of your house, the Seor Bryton.For the Soul of Rafael
Marah Ellis Ryan
noun plural -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 for refugium
C20: Latin: refuge
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