Definition of refugium in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈfyo͞ojēəm/

noun (plural refugia /-jēə/)

An area in which a population of organisms can survive through a period of unfavorable conditions, especially glaciation.
Example sentences
  • During the Quaternary glaciations, cork oak may have survived in scattered refugia which possessed favourable microclimate conditions, and from which post-glacial colonization occurred over recent millennia.
  • We suggest that the shallow epicratonic platform area of the Canadian Shield may have served as a refugium for relatively archaic taxa.
  • The authors hypothesized their common origin from an Atlantic refugium after the last glaciation.


1950s: from Latin, literally 'place of refuge'.

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