refugium [ ri-fyoo-jee-uh m ]
noun, plural re·fu·gi·a [ri-fyoo-jee-uh]
1. an area where special environmental circumstances have enabled a species or a community of species to survive after extinction in surrounding areas.
Origin: From Latin, dating back to 1940–45; see origin at refuge
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR REFUGIUM
This species may have utilized the mainstream as a refugium in the drought of 1952-'56.
FISH POPULATIONS, FOLLOWING A DROUGHT, IN THE NEOSHO AND MARAIS DES CYGNES RIVERS OF KANSAS|JAMES EVERETT DEACON
Nor did they abstain from their criminal pursuits while in this “refugium peccatorum,” or asylum of the wicked.
THE INDIANS' LAST FIGHT|DENNIS COLLINS
While, from that "refugium peccatorum," the shilling gallery, infernal cries of "Down in the front!"
BENTLEY'S MISCELLANY, VOLUME II|VARIOUS
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