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Topic: DEATH

Date: 900-1000
Language: Latin
Origin: pallium 'covering'

pall

2 noun
     
pall2 [countable]
1 [usually singular] a thick, dark cloud of smoke, dust etc
pall of smoke/dust/ash etc
A pall of thick grey smoke hung over the buildings.
2

a pall of something

literary an unpleasant quality that seems to be in a place or situation:
The area is enveloped in a pall of neglect.
3MX a cloth used to cover a coffin (=a box containing a dead body)
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