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n. pl. re·fu·gi·a (-jē-ə)
An area inhabited by one or more relict species.

[Latin, refuge; see refuge.]
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n, pl -gia (-dʒɪə)
(Environmental Science) a geographical region that has remained unaltered by a climatic change affecting surrounding regions and that therefore forms a haven for relict fauna and flora
[C20: Latin: refuge]
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(rɪˈfyu dʒi əm)

n., pl. -gi•a (-dʒi ə)
an area where conditions have enabled a species or a community of species to survive after extinction in surrounding areas.
[1940–45; < Latin; see refuge]
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