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English definition of “relic”

relic

noun [C]    /ˈrel·ɪk/
an object from the past, esp. one that has no modern use but is often valued for its meaning or importance in history: The ship was a relic of the Spanish-American War. A relic is also a part of the body or clothing of a saint (= holy person), or something that belonged to a saint.
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