Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text. Origin of palimpsest 1655–65; < Latin palimpsēstus < Greek palímpsēstos rubbed again ( pálin again + psēstós scraped, rubbed, verbid of psân to rub smooth) Related forms pal·imp·ses·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for palimpsestic 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
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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