reliquiae

reliquiae

[ri-lik-wee-ee]
noun (used with a plural verb)
remains, as those of fossil organisms.

Origin:
1825–35; < Latin; see relic

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reliquiae (rɪˈlɪkwɪˌiː)
 
pl n
archaic fossil remains of animals or plants
 
[C19: from Latin: remains]

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reliquiae
"remains," 1654, from L., pl. of reliquus "remaining," related to relinquere (perf. reliqui) "to leave behind" (see relinquish).
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