n. — any readable sequence of letters that reads the same, letter for letter, backwards and forwards
adj. — having the traits of a palindrome
fm. Greek, palin- (back or repeat; a palinody is a repeated melody) + -drome (run or running; often used in reference to a racecourse, as in velodrome, hippodrome)
first published. 1637
inspiration: oh, y’know…
- Madam, in Eden, I’m Adam
- A man, a plan, a canal: Panama
- Rise to vote, sir
…that last made famous by The Simpsons, episode 10.22, They Saved Lisa’s Brain.
Also there’s the inspiration for this entry’s featured image: the symmetrically pleasing palindrome, Napoleon’s Lament.
Able was I ere I saw Elba