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Palʹindrome (3 syl.)

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A word or line which reads backwards and forwards alike, as Madam, also Roma tibi subito motibus ibit amor. (Greek, palin dromo, to run back again.) (See Sotadic.)

⁂ The following Greek palindrome is very celebrated:—

NIΨONANOMHMATAMHMONANOΨIN

(Wash my transgressions, not only my face). The legend round the font at St. Mary’s, Nottingham. Also on the font in the basilica of St. Sophia, Constantinople; also on the font of St. Stephen dʹEgres, Paris; at St. Menin’s Abbey, Orléans; at Dulwich College; and at the following churches: Worlingsworth (Suffolk), Harlow (Essex), Knapton (Norfolk), Melton Mowbray (it has been removed to a neighbouring hamlet), St. Martin’s Ludgate (London), and Hadleigh (Suffolk). (See Ingram: Churches of London. vol. ii.; Malcolm: Londinum Redivivum, vol. iv. p. 356; Allen: London, vol. iii. p. 530.)


⁂ It is said that when Napoleon was asked whether he could have invaded England, he answered “Able was I ere I saw Elba.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Pale
Pale Faces
Palemon
Palermo Razors
Palēs
Palestine Soup
Palestra
Palestrina or Pelestrina
Paletot [pal-e-to]
Palimpsest
Palindrome
Palinode
Palinurus (in English, Palinure)
Palissy Ware
Pall
Pall-bearers
Pall Mall
Pallace
Palladium
Pallas
Pallet

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