Origin of palimpsest
Examples from the Web for palimpsest
Can you talk about how the palimpsest informs the structure of your novel?
In a figurative way, palimpsest refers to an object or place that reflects its own history.
Which, in such cases—the act or the utterance, the gesture or the text—is the palimpsest of other?
The greater part of the palimpsest has, however, been deciphered and the text is now fairly complete.
The hoof-print of the Turanian "man on horseback" is stamped deep all over the palimpsest of history.The New World of Islam|Lothrop Stoddard
The palimpsest of memory recalled with intensest vividness the Christian teachings of his childhood.The Catacombs of Rome|William Henry Withrow
Isabel, still feeling like a palimpsest, lingered for an hour looking at these refugees.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
It is, as it were, a sort of palimpsest; the writing on the top all may read, the writing below the student alone can decipher.Philo-Judaeus of Alexandria|Norman Bentwich
British Dictionary definitions for palimpsest
Word Origin for 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).