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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

Etymologies

Latin, refuge; see refuge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin refugium. (Wiktionary)

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