An object or place whose older layers or aspects are apparent beneath its surface.

The old hag’s face looked like a palimsest; you could see former Botox treatments that had dried up into manifold layers of crust.

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Modern Language Association (MLA Style)

“Palimpsest.” The Effin’ Word, The Effin’ Word, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/palimpsest. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

The Effin’ Word, s.v. “palimpsest”, accessed November 28, 2020, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/palimpsest.

The Effin’ Word. (n.d.). Palimpsest. In The Effin’ Word. Retrieved November 28, 2020, from https://effinwords.com/dictionary/palimpsest

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