Origin of palimpsestClassical Latin palimpsestus from Classical Greek palimps?stos, literally , rubbed again from palin, again (see palindrome) + ps?n, to rub smooth from Indo-European base an unverified form bhes-, to rub off, pulverize from source Classical Latin sabulum, sand
A heavily-edited version of an old manuscript is an example of palimpsest.
- 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.
- 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 )
Origin of palimpsestLatin palimpsēstum from Greek palimpsēston neuter of palimpsēstos scraped again palin again ; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots. psēn to scrape
- A manuscript or document that has been erased or scraped clean, for reuse of the paper, parchment, vellum, or other medium on which it was written. Many historical texts have been recovered using ultraviolet light and other technologies to read the erased writing.
- (archaic) Monumental brasses that have been reused by engraving of the blank back side.
- (astronomy) Circular features believed to be lunar craters that have been obliterated by later volcanic activity.
- (geology) Geological features thought to be related to features or effects below the surface.
- (computing) Memory that has been erased and re-written.
- (cultural studies) The partial erasure of or superimposition on an older society or culture by a newer one.
- Something bearing the traces of an earlier, erased form.
(third-person singular simple present palimpsests, present participle palimpsesting, simple past and past participle palimpsested)
From Latin palimpsÄ“stus, from Ancient Greek Ï€Î±Î»Î¯Î¼ÏˆÎ·ÏƒÏ„Î¿Ï‚ (palÃmpsestos, “scraped again").
- 1 have been discovered in a palimpsest MS. in the Bibliotheque Nationale at Paris (Latin coll., No.
- In that year, however, Angelo Mai discovered in the Ambrosian library at Milan a palimpsest manuscript (and, later, some additional sheets of it in the Vatican), on which had been originally written some of Fronto's letters to his royal pupils and their replies.
- Naber (1867), with an account of the palimpsest; see also G.
- 55-64) from a palimpsest of the 6th century.
- The letters, together with the other fragments in the palimpsest, were published at Rome in 1823.