from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One who traffics in relics; hence, one who has a passion for collecting objects to serve as relies or souvenirs.
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Probably they are merely the hardest and most durable of those used in the original structure, the softer and more friable examples having disappeared entirely, owing to the action of the weather, and possibly also to the assaults of the unchecked relic-monger, who until recent years could with his hammer collect
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