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Variant of paleo-.
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adj. pal•er, pal•est, adj.
1. lacking intensity of color; colorless or whitish: a pale complexion.
2. of a low degree of chroma, saturation, or purity; approaching white or gray: pale yellow.
3. not bright or brilliant; dim: the pale moon.
4. faint or feeble; weak: a pale protest.v.i., v.t.
5. to make or become pale: to pale at the sight of blood.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French < Latin pallidus pallid]
n., v. paled, pal•ing. n.
1. a stake or picket, as of a fence.
2. an enclosing or confining barrier; enclosure.
3. an enclosed area.
4. limits; bounds: outside the pale of my jurisdiction.
5. a district or region within designated bounds.
6. a central vertical stripe in a heraldic escutcheon.v.t.
7. to enclose with pales; fence.
8. to encircle or encompass.Idioms:
beyond the pale, beyond the limits of propriety, courtesy, etc.
[1300–50; Middle English (north), Old English pāl < Latin pālus stake]
var. of paleo- before vowels: palearctic.Also, esp. Brit.,palae-.
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