Word of the day: palimpsest

From the YLSNED files…

Palimpsest: a manuscript written on a surface from which an earlier text has been partly or wholly erased. Palimpsests were common in the Middle Ages before paper became available, because of the high cost of parchment and vellum. In a figurative sense, the term is sometimes applied to a literary work that has more than one ‘layer’ or level of meaning. [source via Google]

Further definitions here.


One thought on “Word of the day: palimpsest

  1. love this word. it’s one that I see and am never totally sure what it means, but it just looks and sounds so cool. now I know what it means. Thanks.

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