- Ecology. a species or community living in an environment that has changed from that which is typical for it.
- a remnant or survivor.
- a widow.
Origin of relict
Examples from the Web for relict
His relict, with a glance at his portrait, shook her head and wiped her eyes.Little Dorrit
Edwin, promise me you'll never describe me as your 'relict.'Mr. Punch's Book of Love
You forget, sir, that you are talking to the relict of the late Paul Winpennie.Three Courses and a Dessert
How he must have loved this dear relict of his military predecessor!A Gentleman Vagabond and Some Others
F. Hopkinson Smith
It was as if someone had mentioned spaghetti to the relict of an Italian organ-grinder.Right Ho, Jeeves
P. G. Wodehouse
- a group of animals or plants that exists as a remnant of a formerly widely distributed group in an environment different from that in which it originated
- (as modifier)a relict fauna
- a mountain, lake, glacier, etc, that is a remnant of a pre-existing formation after a destructive process has occurred
- a mineral that remains unaltered after metamorphism of the rock in which it occurs
- an archaic word for widow (def. 1)
- an archaic word for relic (def. 6)
Word Origin and History for relict
"a widow," mid-15c., from Old French relict, fem. relicte "person or thing left behind" (especially a widow) and directly from Medieval Latin relicta "a widow," noun use of fem. of relictus "abandoned, left behind," past participle adjective from Latin relinquere "to leave behind" (see relinquish).
- Something that has survived; a remnant.