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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Definitions for palpebral

  1. of or relating to the eyelids.

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Citations for palpebral
adrift on a gold-brown leather recliner, / the little finger of her left hand tapping / on the crocheted antimacassar, / palpebral twitches of chronic hypnagogia. Rodney Jones, "Requiem for Reba Portis," Village Prodigies, 2017
In his palpebral vision, she beckoned. Richard Fariña, Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me, 1966
Origin of palpebral
1830-1840
The Latin noun palpebra (also palpebrum) “eyelid” is composed of the verb palpāre “to touch, stroke, caress” and -brum, a suffix forming nouns of instruments, e.g., candēlābrum “a stand for holding several candles, candelabra.” Palpāre derives from a complicated Proto-Indo-European root pāl- (from peǝl-) and its many variants, e.g., pel-, pelǝ-, plē-, etc. “to touch, feel, flutter, float.” A palpebra is “something that flutters (quickly).” The root is also the source of Latin palpitāre “(of a pulse) to beat, pulsate,” pāpiliō “butterfly, moth,” and Old English fēlan “to examine by touch,” English feel. Palpebral entered English in the mid-18th century.