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living fossil

noun
1.
an organism that is a living example of an otherwise extinct group and that has remained virtually unchanged in structure and function over a long period of time, as the coelacanth and the horseshoe crab.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25
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Examples for living fossil
  • It's not every day that a living fossil shows up in a fisherman's net.
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living fossil

noun
1.
an animal or plant, such as the coelacanth and ginkgo, belonging to a group most of whose members are extinct
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