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palimpsest

[pal-imp-sest] /ˈpæl ɪmpˌsɛst/
noun
1.
a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin palimpsēstus < Greek palímpsēstos rubbed again (pálin again + psēstós scraped, rubbed, verbid of psân to rub smooth)
Related forms
palimpsestic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for palimpsestic

palimpsest

/ˈpælɪmpˌsɛst/
noun
1.
a manuscript on which two or more successive texts have been written, each one being erased to make room for the next
adjective
2.
(of a text) written on a palimpsest
3.
(of a document) used as a palimpsest
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for palimpsestic

palimpsest

n.

"parchment from which earlier writing has been removed to clear it for new writing," 1660s, from Latin palimpsestus, from Greek palimpsestos "scraped again," from palin "again" (see palindrome) + verbal adjective of psen "to rub smooth" (of uncertain origin).

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