from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An area that has escaped ecological changes occurring elsewhere and so provides a suitable habitat for relict species.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any local environment that has escaped regional ecological change and therefore provides a habitat for endangered species
Latin, refuge; see refuge.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin refugium. (Wiktionary)