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palimpsest

(păl`ĭmpsĕst'): see manuscriptmanuscript,
a handwritten work as distinguished from printing. The oldest manuscripts, those found in Egyptian tombs, were written on papyrus; the earliest dates from c.3500 B.C.
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palimpsest

[pə′lim·səst]
(geology)
Referring to a kind of drainage in which a modern, anomalous drainage pattern is superimposed upon an older one, clearly indicating different topographic and possibly structural conditions at the time of development.
In sedimentology, autochthonous sediment deposits which exhibit some of the attributes of the source sediment.
(petrology)
Of a metamorphic rock, having remnants of the original structure or texture preserved.