Definition of palimpsest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpælɪmpsest//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpælɪmpsest//
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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
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: via Latin from Greek palimpsēstos, from palin ‘again’ + psēstos ‘rubbed smooth’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: palimpsest