Rel"ic(r?l"?k), n. [F. relique, from L. reliquiae, pl., akin to relinquere to leave behind. See Relinquish.]
The relics of lost innocence.Kebe.
The fragments, scraps, the bits and greasy relics.Shak.
2. The body from which the soul has departed; a corpse; especially, the body, or some part of the body, of a deceased saint or martyr; -- usually in the plural when referring to the whole body.
There are very few treasuries of relics in Italy that have not a tooth or a bone of this saint.Addison.
Thy relics, Rowe, to this fair urn we trust,Pope.
And sacred place by Dryden's awful dust.
3. Hence, a memorial; anything preserved in remembrance; as,
relics of youthful days or friendships.
The pearls were spilt;Tennyson.
Some lost, some stolen, some as relics kept.
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