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Word of the day for December 23
relict n
  1. Something which, or someone who, survives or remains after the loss of others (compare relic).
    1. (archaic) The surviving member of a married couple; a widow or widower.
    2. (biology, ecology) A species, organism or ecosystem which was once widespread but which is now found only in a few areas: some think the Loch Ness monster is a relict from the age of dinosaurs.
    3. (geology) A structure or other feature which has survived from a previous age: dark rims are a relict of a primary interaction between basalt and seawater.
    4. (linguistics) A word or language which survives as an archaicism.

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