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relic

noun [C] uk   /ˈrel.ɪk/ us  
an object, tradition, or system from the past that continues to exist: During the dig, the archaeological team found some relics from the Stone Age. The country's employment system is a relic of the 1960s when jobs were scarce. a part of the body or something that belonged to a holy person: These bones are the relics of a 12th-century saint.
Translations of “relic”
in Spanish vestigio, reliquia…
in French vestige, relique…
in German das Relikt, die Reliquie…
in Chinese (Traditional) 遺物, 遺跡, 遺風…
in Russian реликвия…
in Turkish arta kalan eşya, hatıra, yadigar…
in Chinese (Simplified) 遗物, 遗迹, 遗风…
in Polish relikt…
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