[ri-fyoo-jee-uh m]
noun, plural re·fu·gi·a [ri-fyoo-jee-uh] /rɪˈfyu dʒi ə/.
  1. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -gia (-dʒɪə)
  1. 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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