relic

[rel-ik]
noun
1.
a surviving memorial of something past.
2.
an object having interest by reason of its age or its association with the past: a museum of historic relics.
3.
a surviving trace of something: a custom that is a relic of paganism.
4.
relics.
a.
remaining parts or fragments.
b.
the remains of a deceased person.
5.
something kept in remembrance; souvenir; memento.
6.
Ecclesiastical. (especially in the Roman Catholic and Greek churches) the body, a part of the body, or some personal memorial of a saint, martyr, or other sacred person, preserved as worthy of veneration.
7.
a once widespread linguistic form that survives in a limited area but is otherwise obsolete.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Old French relique < Latin reliquiae (plural) remains (> Old English reliquias), equivalent to reliqu(us) remaining + -iae plural noun suffix

reliclike, adjective
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relic (ˈrɛlɪk)
 
n
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, relinquish]

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Word Origin & History

relic
early 13c., "body part or other object from a holy person," from O.Fr. relique (11c.), from L.L. reliquiæ (pl.) "remains of a martyr," from L., "remains, remnants," noun use of fem. pl. of reliquus "remaining, that which remains," from re- "back" + root of linquere "to leave" (see
relinquish). Sense of "remains, ruins" is from early 14c. Old English used reliquias, directly from Latin.
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Example sentences
These cells are probably evolutionary relics that were useful in the past, but
  no longer serve any valuable function.
The truth seems to be, that their relics were then discovered.
Up to four players try to rescue sacred relics before rising water floods the
  island and makes escape impossible.
People may become less willing to comply if they come to see the justices as
  enfeebled relics of another era.
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