pal·​a·​fitte | \ ˈpaləˌfit, -fēt\
plural palafittes\ -​ts \ also palafitti\ ˌ⸗⸗ˈfitē, -​ˈfētē \

Definition of palafitte

: an ancient dwelling built on piles over a lake specifically : a Neolithic lake dwelling in Switzerland or northern Italy

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History and Etymology for palafitte

French, from Italian palafitta, from palo stake, pile (from Latin palus) + fitto fixed, past participle of figgere to fix, from Latin figere to fix, fasten

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