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palla

[pal-uh] /ˈpæl ə/
noun, plural pallae
[pal-ee] /ˈpæl i/ (Show IPA)
1.
a voluminous square of cloth draped around the body as a mantle or wrap, worn by women of ancient Rome.
Origin of palla
1700-1710
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1700-10
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  • She kissed palla Dumont on both cheeks, holding her hands tightly.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • Marya turned her head leisurely, to hear what palla was saying to her.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • Sometimes,” murmured palla, “my anxiety makes me almost sick.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • And almost immediately he caught sight of palla on the platform.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • To meet God unexpectedly is nothing to scare one, is it, palla?

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • “I had heard the volley that killed her,” said palla, in explanation, to nobody in particular.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • He might have followed palla had she emerged alone from the offices of Sharrow & Co.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • “I think there is,” he said so naïvely that palla was unable to restrain her gaiety.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • “You seem to be very sure about what palla Dumont is likely to do,” said Estridge, smiling.

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  • “I believe there are scarcely any in America,” insisted palla.

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