Palimpsest is defined as a parchment manuscript that has been modified or changed but that still has traces of its original writing.(noun)
A heavily-edited version of an old manuscript is an example of palimpsest.
See palimpsest in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L palimpsestus < Gr palimpsēstos, lit., rubbed again < palin, again (see palindrome) + psēn, to rub smooth < IE base *bhes-, to rub off, pulverize > L sabulum, sand
See palimpsest in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin palimpsēstum
Origin: , from Greek palimpsēston
Origin: , neuter of palimpsēstos, scraped again
Origin: : palin, again; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots
Origin: + psēn, to scrape.
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