- a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text.
Origin of palimpsest
Examples from the Web for palimpsest
In a figurative way, palimpsest refers to an object or place that reflects its own history.
Can you talk about how the palimpsest informs the structure of your novel?
Which, in such cases—the act or the utterance, the gesture or the text—is the palimpsest of other?Why Contemporary Art Matters Now
June 16, 2013
His soul must be like a palimpsest with the record of nation on nation.Dreamers of the Ghetto
I scanned a leaf particularly and saw that it was a palimpsest.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Nature became for him a scroll, a palimpsest with daily mutations.Green Fire
A palimpsest, now in the church chest, formerly at east end of nave.A Comprehensive History of Norwich
A. D. Bayne
He had corrected the palimpsest and recalled her as the Miss Webling whom he had met in London.The Cup of Fury
- a manuscript on which two or more successive texts have been written, each one being erased to make room for the next
- (of a text) written on a palimpsest
- (of a document) used as a palimpsest
Word Origin and History for palimpsest
"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).