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reliquiae (n.)

"remains (as those of fossil organisms)," 1650s, Latin plural of reliquus "remainder, residue," noun use of an adjective meaning "that is left, remaining, left over," a derivative of relinquere (perfective reliqui) "to leave behind, forsake, abandon, give up," from re- "back" (see re-) + linquere "to leave" (from PIE *linkw-, nasalized form of root *leikw- "to leave"). As "literary remains," by 1933.

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