1. unusual or extreme paleness, as from fear, ill health, or death; wanness.


  1. a pale condition, esp when unnaturalfear gave his face a deathly pallor

n.c.1400, from Old French palor “paleness, whiteness” (12c.) and directly from Latin pallor, from pallere “be pale, turn pale,” related to pallus “dark-colored, dusky,” from PIE root *pel- (2) “pale; gray” (cf. Sanskrit palitah “gray,” panduh “whitish, pale;” Greek pelios “livid, dark,” polios “gray;” Old English fealo “dull-colored, yellow, brown;” Welsh llwyd “gray”). n.

  1. Paleness, as of the skin.

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