vestige

[ves-tij]
noun
1.
a mark, trace, or visible evidence of something that is no longer present or in existence: A few columns were the last vestiges of a Greek temple.
2.
a surviving evidence or remainder of some condition, practice, etc.: These superstitions are vestiges of an ancient religion.
3.
a very slight trace or amount of something: Not a vestige remains of the former elegance of the house.
4.
Biology. a degenerate or imperfectly developed organ or structure that has little or no utility, but that in an earlier stage of the individual or in preceding evolutionary forms of the organism performed a useful function.
5.
Archaic. a footprint; track.

Origin:
1535–45; < Middle French < Latin vestīgium footprint


1. token. See trace1. 3. hint, suggestion.
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vestige (ˈvɛstɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  a small trace, mark, or amount; hint: a vestige of truth; no vestige of the meal
2.  biology an organ or part of an organism that is a small nonfunctioning remnant of a functional organ in an ancestor
 
[C17: via French from Latin vestīgium track]

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vestige
c.1600, from Fr. vestige "a mark, trace, sign," from L. vestigium "footprint, trace," of unknown origin.
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vestige ves·tige (věs'tĭj)
n.
A rudimentary or degenerate, usually nonfunctioning, structure that is the remnant of an organ or a part that was fully developed or functioning in a preceding generation or an earlier stage of development.

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Example sentences
Now the war is over symbols, mere vestiges of the previous two.
Her supporters disagree, saying it is part of a plot to keep all vestiges of
  religion out of the public view.
The last vestiges of sunlight gild and burnish the pink walls.
Instead they were the preserved vestiges of dinosaur cell structure.
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