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

Word History


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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“Palafitte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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