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reliquiae

[ri-lik-wee-ee] /rɪˈlɪk wiˌi/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
remains, as those of fossil organisms.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Latin; see relic
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reliquiae

/rɪˈlɪkwɪˌiː/
plural noun
1.
(archaic) fossil remains of animals or plants
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: remains
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Word Origin and History for reliquiae
n.

"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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