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A Palindrome is a word, phrase, or sentence that reads the same backward and forward e.g. rotor.  All of the words in the following lists can be found in Chambers Dictionary.  All words of four or fewer letters have been omitted.  The delightful palindrome aibohphobia, meaning an irrational fear of palindromes, has yet to make it into Chambers Dictionary!

Single-word Palindrome
 
alula
civic
deified
dewed
kayak
lemel
level
madam
Malayalam
minim
radar
redder
refer
reifier
repaper
reviver
rotator
Rotavator®
rotor
sagas
sexes
solos
stats
tenet
terret
Single-word Palindromes
(by word length)
5 alula
civic
dewed
kayak
lemel
level
madam
minim
radar
refer
rotor
sagas
sexes
solos
stats
tenet
6 redder
terret
7 deified
reifier
repaper
reviver
rotator
9 Malayalam
Rotavator®

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Some palindromic phrases
A man, a plan, a canal – Panama!
A Toyota’s a Toyota
Able was I ere I saw Elba
Eva, can I stab bats in a cave?
Madam, I’m Adam
Never odd or even
Was it a car or a cat I saw?

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A Semordnilap, palindromes spelt backwards, is a a word or phrase that spells a different word or phrase backward. e.g. draw/ward.

All of the words in the following lists can be found in Chambers Dictionary.  All words of three or fewer letters have been omitted.

Single-word Semordlinaps
 
animal lamina
bats stab
deliver reviled
dessert tressed
desserts stressed
devil lived
diaper repaid
draw ward
drawer reward
evil live
flog golf
meet teem
nets sten
nuts stun
pans snap
part trap
paws swap
pots stop
prat tarp
rats star
redraw warder
smart trams
spit tips
straw warts
Single-word Semordlinaps
(by word length)
4 bats stab
draw ward
evil live
flog golf
meet teem
nets sten
nuts stun
pans snap
part trap
paws swap
pots stop
prat tarp
rats star
spit tips
5 devil lived
smart trams
straw warts
6 animal lamina
diaper repaid
drawer reward
redraw warder
7 deliver reviled
dessert tressed
8 desserts stressed

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Created 08 April 2013

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