One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the palaestra, or to wrestling or other athletic exercise; (formerly also) †of or relating to deportment (obsolete).
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Nicholas Billingsley (bap. 1633, d. 1709), religious poet and Presbyterian minister. From classical Latin palaestricus of or relating to the palaestra from ancient Greek παλαιστρικός from παλαίστρα + -ικός. Compare Middle French, French palestrique, Spanish paléstrico.
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