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pallet (n.1)

"mattress," late 14c., paillet "bed or mattress of straw; small, simple bed," from Anglo-French paillete "straw, bundle of straw," Old French paillet "chaff, bundle of straw," from paille "straw" (12c.), from Latin palea "chaff," perhaps from PIE *pelh- "chaff," source also of Sanskrit palavah "chaff, husk," Old Church Slavonic plevy, Russian polova "chaff," Lithuanian pelūs "chaff."

pallet (n.2)

"flat wooden blade" used as a tool by potters, etc., for shaping their wares, early 15c., from Old French palete, diminutive of pale "spade, shovel" (see palette, which is the more French spelling of the same word). The original sense in English was medical, "flat instrument for depressing the tongue." Meaning "large portable tray" used with a forklift for moving loads is from 1921.

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Definitions of pallet from WordNet

pallet (n.)
the range of colour characteristic of a particular artist or painting or school of art;
Synonyms: palette
pallet (n.)
a portable platform for storing or moving goods that are stacked on it;
pallet (n.)
a hand tool with a flat blade used by potters for mixing and shaping clay;
pallet (n.)
a mattress filled with straw or a pad made of quilts; used as a bed;
pallet (n.)
board that provides a flat surface on which artists mix paints and the range of colors used;
Synonyms: palette
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