Origin: OE. Pamflet, pamfilet, paunflet, possibly fr. OF. Palme the palm of the hand, F. Paume (see Palm) + OF. Fueillet a leaf, dim. Of fueil, m, F. Feuille, f, fr. L. Folium, pl. Folia, thus meaning, a leaf to be held in the hand; or perh. Through old French, fr. L. Pamphila, a female historian of the first century who wrote many epitomes; prob, however, fr. OF. Pamflette, the Old French name given to Pamphilus, a poem in Latin verse of the 12th century, pamphlets being named from the popularity of this poem.
(21 Jun 2000)
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