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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: relique, from Latin reliquiae 'things left behind', from relinquere; RELINQUISH

relic

noun
     
rel‧ic [countable]
1 an old object or custom that reminds people of the past or that has lived on from a past time:
Roman relics found in a field
relic of
the books and photos, relics of Rob's university days
Everything in the house seemed old and untouched, like relics of an ancient time.
2RR a part of the body or clothing of a holy person which is kept after their death because it is thought to be holy

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