|an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.|
|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
|1.||something that has survived from the past, such as an object or custom|
|2.||something kept as a remembrance or treasured for its past associations; keepsake|
|3.||(usually plural) a remaining part or fragment|
|4.||RC Church, Eastern Churches part of the body of a saint or something supposedly used by or associated with a saint, venerated as holy|
|5.||informal an old or old-fashioned person or thing|
|6.||archaic (plural) the remains of a dead person; corpse|
|7.||ecology a less common term for relict|
|[C13: from Old French relique, from Latin reliquiae remains, from relinquere to leave behind, |
in religion, strictly, the mortal remains of a saint; in the broad sense, the term also includes any object that has been in contact with the saint. Among the major religions, Christianity, almost exclusively in Roman Catholicism, and Buddhism have emphasized the veneration of relics.
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