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palatine (PAL-uh-tyn) adjective
Of or relating to a palace.
[After Palatine, from Latin Palatium, the name of the centermost of the seven hills on which ancient Rome was built. Roman emperors built their palaces on this hill. The word palace also derives from the same source.]
Of, relating to, or in the palate.
[From French palatin, from Latin palatum palate (roof of the mouth).]
"The palatine city just outside the capital, symbol of the wealth and
the secular aesthetics of the caliph and his entourage, was destroyed
by Muslim armies."
This week's theme: Words derived from Italian landmarks
True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess. -Louis Nizer, lawyer (1902-1994)