[ ri-lik-wee-ee ]
/ rɪˈlɪk wiˌi /

noun (used with a plural verb)

remains, as those of fossil organisms.

Origin of reliquiae

From Latin, dating back to 1825–35; see origin at relic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reliquiae


/ (rɪˈlɪkwɪˌiː) /

pl n

archaic fossil remains of animals or plants

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper