Definition of palimpsest noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    palimpsest

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    noun
    NAmE//ˈpæləmpˌsɛst//
     
     
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  1. 1an ancient document from which some or all of the original text has been removed and replaced by a new text
  2. 2(formal) something that has many different layers of meaning or detail a study of the novel as a palimpsest with one textual layer over another
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: palimpsest