a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text.

1655–65; < Latin palimpsēstus < Greek palímpsēstos rubbed again (pálin again + psēstós scraped, rubbed, verbid of psân to rub smooth)

palimpsestic, adjective Unabridged
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palimpsest (ˈpælɪmpˌsɛst)
1.  a manuscript on which two or more successive texts have been written, each one being erased to make room for the next
2.  (of a text) written on a palimpsest
3.  (of a document) used as a palimpsest
[C17: from Latin palimpsestus parchment cleaned for reuse, from Greek palimpsēstos, from palin again + psēstos rubbed smooth, from psēn to scrape]

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"parchment from which earlier writing has been removed to clear it for new writing," 1661, from L. palimpsestus, from Gk. palimpsestos "scraped again," from palin "again" (see palindrome) + verbal adj. of psen "to rub smooth" (of unknown origin).
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