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Of or relating to Palamedes.
Mid 19th century. Partly from classical Latin Palamēdēus of or relating to Palamedes (from Palamēdēs (ancient Greek Παλαμήδης), the name of a proverbially ingenious Greek hero at the siege of Troy, said to have invented some of the letters of the alphabet and the game of draughts + -ēus, suffix forming adjectives) + -an, and partly from Byzantine Greek Παλαμήδειος (from the name of Παλαμήδης + -ειος, suffix forming adjectives) + -an.
Of or belonging to the group of birds comprising the former genus Palamedea (the screamers, now family Anhimidae).
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From scientific Latin † Palamedeae, use as order name of the plural of Palamedea, genus name + -an.
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