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pal·imp·sest

 (păl′ĭmp-sĕst′)
n.
1. A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely scraped off or erased and often legible.
2. An object or area that has extensive evidence of or layers showing activity or use: "My skin had become a palimpsest of fleeting sensations, and each layer bore the imprint of who I was" (Paul Auster).

[Latin palimpsēstum, from Greek palimpsēston, neuter of palimpsēstos, scraped again : palin, again; see kwel- in Indo-European roots + psēn, to scrape.]

palimpsest

(ˈpælɪmpˌsɛst)
n
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a manuscript on which two or more successive texts have been written, each one being erased to make room for the next
adj
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (of a text) written on a palimpsest
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (of a document) used as a palimpsest
[C17: from Latin palimpsestus parchment cleaned for reuse, from Greek palimpsēstos, from palin again + psēstos rubbed smooth, from psēn to scrape]

pal•imp•sest

(ˈpæl ɪmpˌsɛst)

n.
a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text.
[1655–65; < Latin palimpsēstus < Greek palímpsēstos rubbed again =pálin again + psēstós scraped, rubbed, v. adj. of psân to rub smooth]
pal`imp•ses′tic, adj.

palimpsest

- Can describe a manuscript or writing surface that has been reused, erased, or altered while retaining traces of its earlier form—and, by extension, an object, place, or area that reflects its history.
See also related terms for manuscript.

palimpsest

a parchment from which earlier writing has been partially or completely removed by scraping so that it may be used again. — palimpsestic, adj.
See also: Manuscripts
a piece of parchment or vellum from which earlier writing has been erased or scraped off to allow for reuse. — palimpsestic, adj.
See also: Books
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palimpsest - a manuscript (usually written on papyrus or parchment) on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible
holograph, manuscript - handwritten book or document
Translations
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References in periodicals archive ?
Frederick, "The Younger School," Palimpest 11 (February 1930): 80-81; quoted in E.