- 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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Examples from the Web for refugium
This species may have utilized the mainstream as a refugium in the drought of 1952-'56.
While, from that "refugium peccatorum," the shilling gallery, infernal cries of "Down in the front!"
Nor did they abstain from their criminal pursuits while in this “refugium peccatorum,” or asylum of the wicked.The Indians' Last Fight
- 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
C20: Latin: refuge
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