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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. remains, as those of fossil organisms.
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Origin of reliquiae

From Latin, dating back to 1825–35; see origin at relic
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Historical Examples of reliquiae

  • Two volumes of his Reliquiae were printed in Paris in the same year.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4


  • George Marline's Reliquiae divi Andreae was published in 1797.

  • This was completed in 1644, and appeared in 1651 along with the Reliquiae Wottonianae, a collection edited by Walton.

    The Age of Dryden

    Richard Garnett

British Dictionary definitions for reliquiae


pl n
  1. archaic fossil remains of animals or plants
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Word Origin for reliquiae

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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