from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Ecology An organism or species of an earlier time surviving in an environment that has undergone considerable change.
- n. Something that has survived; a remnant.
- n. A widow.
- adj. Geology Of or relating to something that has survived, as structures or minerals after destructive processes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something which, or someone who, survives or remains or is left over after the loss of others; a relic.
- adj. Surviving, remaining.
- adj. That is a relict; pertaining to a relict.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woman whose husband is dead; a widow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is left or who remains: a survivor.
- n. Specifically, a widower or widow, especially a widow.
- n. A thing left behind; a relic.
- Left; remaining; surviving.
- To leave.
- In phytogeography, persisting in a limited area only: said of an endemic plant which at an earlier period had a much wider range.
- In physical geography, left as a result of erosion; residual: said of mountains the form of which is due to the erosion of neigh boring valleys, as mountains of circumdenudation, and especially isolated residual mountains or monadnocks.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an organism or species surviving as a remnant of an otherwise extinct flora or fauna in an environment much changed from that in which it originated
- n. geological feature that is a remnant of a pre-existing formation after other parts have disappeared
The maneless Tsavo lions could be relict -- relict is the wrong word -- cave lions, which were depicted as maneless; it could be they're all lions and the species is wildly variable, too, and I'm curious if anyone knows.
And Judith his relict was a widow now three years and six months.
For she and his relict were the only women in the big boarding-house during the hot months, and they had become intimate.
But, unluckily for Beorminster, he was dead and his relict was a mourning widow, who constantly referred to her victim as a perfect husband.
This is the first record of a temperate 'relict' species among the vertebrates of the area.
The periodic landward and seaward movement of the shore across the coastal plain can be seen in the landforms of the ACE Basin such as relict dune ridges and marsh plains.
"And you may be a 'relict' after all, Miss Cornelia."
What's he hinting around at by that there word 'relict'?
This was Widow Townsend, "relict" of Mr. Levi Townsend, who had been mouldering into dust in the neighboring churchyard for seven years and more.
"I will," said Polly stoutly, though "relict" sounded very dreadful to begin with.