From Ancient Greek, πάλλειν (pállein, “brandishing”), derived from πάλλω (pállō, “to poise, sway, or swing”). . Or possibly from παλλακίς (pallakís, “concubine”), most likely from Proto-Indo-European *parikeh₂ (“concubine, wanton woman”), related to Avestan 𐬞𐬀𐬌𐬭𐬌𐬐𐬁 (pairikā, “demonic courtesan”) and Parthian parik.
- (Greek mythology) Several people in Greek mythology:
- (astronomy) Short for 2 Pallas, the second largest asteroid of the main asteroid belt.
- A female given name of mythological origin; rare in English.