Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Paleotechnic adjective [ Paleo- + technic .] Belonging to, or connected with, ancient art. "The paleotechnic men of central France." D. Wilson.

Paleothere noun [ French paléothère .] (Paleon.) Any species of Paleotherium.

Paleotherian adjective [ French paléothérien .] (Paleon.) Of or pertaining to Paleotherium.

Paleotherium noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... ancient + ... beast.] (Paleon.) An extinct genus of herbivorous Tertiary mammals, once supposed to have resembled the tapir in form, but now known to have had a more slender form, with a long neck like that of a llama. [ Written also Palæotherium .]

Paleotheroid [ Paleothere + -oid .] (Paleon.) Resembling Paleotherium. -- noun An animal resembling, or allied to, the paleothere.

Paleotype noun See Palæotype .

Paleous adjective [ Latin palea chaff.] Chaffy; like chaff; paleaceous. [ R.] Sir T. Browne.

Paleozoic adjective [ Paleo- + Greek ... life, from ... to live.] (Geol.) Of or pertaining to, or designating, the older division of geological time during which life is known to have existed, including the Silurian, Devonian, and Carboniferous ages, and also to the life or rocks of those ages. See Chart of Geology .

Paleozoölogy noun (Geol.) The Paleozoic time or strata.

Paleozoöogy noun [ Paleo- + zoölogy .] The science of extinct animals, a branch of paleontology.

Palesie, Palesy noun Palsy. [ Obsolete] Wyclif.

Palestinian, Palestinean adjective Of or pertaining to Palestine.

Palestra noun ; plural Latin Palestræ , English Palestras . [ New Latin , from Latin palaestra , Greek ..., from ... to wrestle.] [ Written also palæstra .] (Antiq.) (a) A wrestling school; hence, a gymnasium, or place for athletic exercise in general. (b) A wrestling; the exercise of wrestling.

Palestrian, Palestric Pa*les"tric*al adjective [ Latin palaestricus , Greek ...] Of or pertaining to the palestra, or to wrestling.

Palet noun [ See Palea .] (Botany) Same as Palea .

Paletot noun [ French paletot , Old French palletoc , probably from Latin palla (see Palla ) + French toque cap, and so lit., a frock with a cap or hood; confer Spanish paletoque .] (a) An overcoat. Dickens. (b) A lady's outer garment, -- of varying fashion.

Palette noun [ See Pallet a thin board.]


1. (Paint.) A thin, oval or square board, or tablet, with a thumb hole at one end for holding it, on which a painter lays and mixes his pigments. [ Written also pallet .]

2. (Anc. Armor) One of the plates covering the points of junction at the bend of the shoulders and elbows. Fairholt.

3. (Mech.) A breastplate for a breast drill.

Palette knife , a knife with a very flexible steel blade and no cutting edge, rounded at the end, used by painters to mix colors on the grinding slab or palette. -- To set the palette (Paint.) , to lay upon it the required pigments in a certain order, according to the intended use of them in a picture. Fairholt.

Palewise adverb (Her.) In the manner of a pale or pales; by perpendicular lines or divisions; as, to divide an escutcheon palewise .

Palfrey noun [ Middle English palefrai , Old French palefrei , French palefroi , Late Latin palafredus , parafredus , from Latin paraveredus a horse for extraordinary occasions, an extra post horse; Greek ... along, beside + Latin veredus a post horse.]


1. A saddle horse for the road, or for state occasions, as distinguished from a war horse. Chaucer.

2. A small saddle horse for ladies. Spenser.

Call the host and bid him bring
Charger and palfrey .
Tennyson.

Palfreyed adjective Mounted on a palfrey. Tickell.

Palgrave noun See Palsgrave .

Pali noun , plural of Palus .

Pali noun [ Ceylonese, from Sanskrit pāli row, line, series, applied to the series of Buddhist sacred texts.] A dialect descended from Sanskrit, and like that, a dead language, except when used as the sacred language of the Buddhist religion in Farther India, etc.

Palification noun [ Latin palus a stake + -ficare (in comp.) to make: confer French palification . See -fy .] The act or practice of driving piles or posts into the ground to make it firm. [ R.] Sir H. Wotton.

Paliform adjective (Zoology) Resembling a palus; as, the paliform lobes of the septa in corals.

Palilogy noun [ Latin palilogia , Greek ...; ... again + ... to speak.] (Rhet.) The repetition of a word, or part of a sentence, for the sake of greater emphasis; as, "The living , the living , he shall praise thee." Is. xxxviii. 19.

Palimpsest noun [ Latin palimpsestus , Greek ... scratched or scraped again, ... a palimpsest; ... again + ... to rub, rub away: confer French palimpseste .] A parchment which has been written upon twice, the first writing having been erased to make place for the second. Longfellow.

Palindrome noun [ Greek ... running back again; ... again + ... to run: confer French palindrome .] A word, verse, or sentence, that is the same when read backward or forward; as, madam ; Hannah ; or Lewd did I live, & evil I did dwel .

Palindromic, Palindromical adjective Of, pertaining to, or like, a palindrome.

Palindromist noun A writer of palindromes.

Paling noun
1. Pales, in general; a fence formed with pales or pickets; a limit; an inclosure.

They moved within the paling of order and decorum.
De Quincey.

2. The act of placing pales or stripes on cloth; also, the stripes themselves. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Paling board , one of the slabs sawed from the sides of a log to fit it to be sawed into boards. [ Eng.]

Palingenesia noun [ New Latin ] See Palingenesis .

Palingenesis, Palingenesy noun [ Greek ...; ... again + ... birth: confer French palingénésie . See Genesis .]


1. A new birth; a re-creation; a regeneration; a continued existence in different manner or form.

2. (Biol.) That form of evolution in which the truly ancestral characters conserved by heredity are reproduced in development; original simple descent; -- distinguished from kenogenesis . Sometimes, in zoölogy, the abrupt metamorphosis of insects, crustaceans, etc.

Palingenetic adjective Of or pertaining to palingenesis: as, a palingenetic process. - - Pal`in*ge*net"ic*al*ly adverb

Palinode noun [ Latin palinodia , from Greek ...; ... again + ... a song. See Ode .]
1. An ode recanting, or retracting, a former one; also, a repetition of an ode.

2. A retraction; esp., a formal retraction. Sandys.

Palinodial adjective Of or pertaining to a palinode, or retraction. J. Q. Adams.

Palinody noun See Palinode . [ Obsolete] Wood.

Palinurus noun [ So called from Latin Palinurus , the pilot of Æneas.] (Nautical) An instrument for obtaining directly, without calculation, the true bearing of the sun, and thence the variation of the compass

Palisade noun [ French palissade , confer Spanish palizada , Italian palizzata , palizzo , Late Latin palissata ; all from Latin palus a stake, pale. See Pale a stake.]
1. (Fort.) A strong, long stake, one end of which is set firmly in the ground, and the other is sharpened; also, a fence formed of such stakes set in the ground as a means of defense.

2. Any fence made of pales or sharp stakes.

Palisade cells (Botany) , vertically elongated parenchyma cells, such as are seen beneath the epidermis of the upper surface of many leaves. -- Palisade worm (Zoology) , a nematoid worm ( Strongylus armatus ), parasitic in the blood vessels of the horse, in which it produces aneurisms, often fatal.

Palisade transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Palisaded ; present participle & verbal noun Palisading .] [ Confer French palissader .] To surround, inclose, or fortify, with palisades.

Palisade noun A line of bold cliffs, esp. one showing basaltic columns; -- usually in plural , and orig. used as the name of the cliffs on the west bank of the lower Hudson.

Palisading noun (Fort.) A row of palisades set in the ground.

Palisado noun ; plural Palisadoes A palisade. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Palisado transitive verb To palisade. [ Obsolete] Sterne.

Palish adjective Somewhat pale or wan.

Palissander noun [ French palissandre .] (Botany) (a) Violet wood. (b) Rosewood.

Palissy adjective Designating, or of the nature of, a kind of pottery made by Bernard Palissy , in France, in the 16th centry.

Palissy ware , glazed pottery like that made by Bernard Palissy; especially, that having figures of fishes, reptiles, etc., in high relief.

Palkee noun [ Hind. pālkī ; of the same origin as English palanquin .] A palanquin. Malcom.