Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Palpifer noun [ Palpus + Latin ferre to bear.] (Zoology) Same as Palpiger .

Palpiform adjective [ Palpus + -form : confer French palpiforme .] (Zoology) Having the form of a palpus.

Palpiger noun [ See Palpigerous .] (Zoology) That portion of the labium which bears the palpi in insects.

Palpigerous adjective [ Palpus + -gerous .] (Zoology) Bearing a palpus. Kirby.

Palpitant adjective [ Latin palpitans , present participle] Palpitating; throbbing; trembling. Carlyle.

Palpitate intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Palpitated ; present participle & verbal noun Palpitating.] [ Latin palpitare , palpitatum , v. intens. from pappare . See Palpable .] To beat rapidly and more strongly than usual; to throb; to bound with emotion or exertion; to pulsate violently; to flutter; -- said specifically of the heart when its action is abnormal, as from excitement.

Palpitation noun [ Latin palpitatio : confer French palpitation .] A rapid pulsation; a throbbing; esp., an abnormal, rapid beating of the heart as when excited by violent exertion, strong emotion, or by disease.

Palpless adjective (Zoology) Without a palpus.

Palpocil noun [ See Palpus , and Cilium .] (Zoology) A minute soft filamentary process springing from the surface of certain hydroids and sponges.

Palpus noun ; plural Palpi . [ New Latin See Palp .] (Zoology) A feeler; especially, one of the jointed sense organs attached to the mouth organs of insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and annelids; as, the mandibular palpi , maxillary palpi , and labial palpi . The palpi of male spiders serve as sexual organs. Called also palp . See Illust. of Arthrogastra and Orthoptera .

Palsgrave noun [ Dutch paltsgraaf ; palts palace (l. palatium ) + graaf count; confer German pfalzgraf . See Palace , and Landgrave .] (Ger. Hist.) A count or earl who presided in the domestic court, and had the superintendence, of a royal household in Germany.

Palsgravine noun [ Dutch paltsgravin : confer German pfalzgrafin .] The consort or widow of a palsgrave.

Palsical adjective [ From Palsy .] Affected with palsy; palsied; paralytic. [ R.] Johnson.

Palsied adjective Affected with palsy; paralyzed.

Palstave noun [ Danish paalstav .] A peculiar bronze adz, used in prehistoric Europe about the middle of the bronze age. Dawkins.

Palster noun [ Dutch palsterstaf .] A pilgrim's staff. [ Obsolete] Halliwell.

Palsy noun ; plural Palsies . [ Middle English palesie , parlesy , Old French paralesie , French paralysie , Latin paralysis . See Paralysis .] (Medicine) Paralysis, complete or partial. See Paralysis . "One sick of the palsy ." Mark ii. 3.

Bell's palsy , paralysis of the facial nerve, producing distortion of one side of the face; -- so called from Sir Charles Bell , an English surgeon who described it. -- Scrivener's palsy . See Writer's cramp , under Writer . -- Shaking palsy , paralysis agitans , a disease usually occurring in old people, characterized by muscular tremors and a peculiar shaking and tottering gait.

Palsy transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Palsied ; present participle & verbal noun Palsying .] To affect with palsy, or as with palsy; to deprive of action or energy; to paralyze.

Palsywort noun (Botany) The cowslip ( Primula veris ); -- so called from its supposed remedial powers. Dr. Prior.

Palter intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Paltered ; present participle & verbal noun Paltering .] [ See Paltry .]
1. To haggle. [ Obsolete] Cotgrave.

2. To act in insincere or deceitful manner; to play false; to equivocate; to shift; to dodge; to trifle.

Romans, that have spoke the word,
And will not palter .
Shak.

Who never sold the truth to serve the hour,
Nor paltered with eternal God for power.
Tennyson.

3. To babble; to chatter. [ Obsolete]

Palter transitive verb To trifle with; to waste; to squander in paltry ways or on worthless things. [ Obsolete] " Palter out your time in the penal statutes." Beau. & Fl.

Palterer noun One who palters. Johnson.

Palterly adjective & adverb Paltry; shabby; shabbily; paltrily. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.] "In palterly clothes." Pepys.

Paltock noun [ See Paletot .] A kind of doublet; a jacket. [ Obsolete] Piers Plowman.

Paltrily adverb In a paltry manner.

Paltriness noun The state or quality of being paltry.

Paltry adjective [ Compar. Paltrier ; superl. Paltriest .] [ Confer Prov. English paltry refuse, rubbish, LG. paltering ragged, palte , palter , a rag, a tatter, Danish pialt , Swedish palta , plural paltor .] Mean; vile; worthless; despicable; contemptible; pitiful; trifling; as, a paltry excuse; paltry gold. Cowper.

The paltry prize is hardly worth the cost.
Byron.

Syn. -- See Contemptible .

Paludal adjective [ Latin palus , - udis , a marsh.] Of or pertaining to marshes or fens; marshy. [ R.]

Paludal fever , malarial fever; -- so called because generated in marshy districts.

Paludament noun See Paludamentum .

Paludamentum noun ; plural Paladumenta (Rom. Antiq.) A military cloak worn by a general and his principal officers.

Paludicole adjective [ Confer French paludicole .] (Zoology) Marsh-inhabiting; belonging to the Paludicolæ

Paludicolæ noun plural [ New Latin , from Latin palus , -udis , a marsh + colere to inhabit.] (Zoology) A division of birds, including the cranes, rails, etc.

Paludina noun ; plural Latin Paludinæ , English Paludinas . [ New Latin , from Latin palus , -udis , a marsh, pool.] (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of freshwater pectinibranchiate mollusks, belonging to Paludina , Melantho , and allied genera. They have an operculated shell which is usually green, often with brown bands. See Illust. of Pond snail , under Pond .

Paludinal adjective Inhabiting ponds or swamps.

Paludine adjective [ Latin palus , -udis , a marsh.] Of or pertaining to a marsh. Buckland.

Paludinous adjective
1. (Zoology) (a) Paludinal. (b) Like or pertaining to the genus Paludina.

2. Of or pertaining to a marsh or fen. [ R.]

Paludism noun (Medicine) The morbid phenomena produced by dwelling among marshes; malarial disease or disposition.

Paludose adjective [ Latin paludosus marshy.] Growing or living in marshy places; marshy.

Palule noun (Zoology) See Palulus or Palus .

Palulus noun ; plural Paluli . [ New Latin , dim. of Latin palus a stake.] (Zoology) Same as Palus .

Palus noun ; plural Pali . [ Latin , a stake.] (Zoology) One of several upright slender calcareous processes which surround the central part of the calicle of certain corals.

Palustral adjective [ Latin paluster , -ustris .] Of or pertaining to a bog or marsh; boggy. [ R.]

Palustrine adjective Of, pertaining to, or living in, a marsh or swamp; marshy.

Paly adjective [ From Pale , adjective ] Pale; wanting color; dim. [ Poetic] Shak. Whittier.

Paly adjective [ Confer French palé . See Pale a stake.] (Her.) Divided into four or more equal parts by perpendicular lines, and of two different tinctures disposed alternately.

Pam noun [ From Palm victory; confer trump , from triumph .] The knave of clubs. [ Obsolete] Pope.

Pament noun A pavement. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Pampano noun [ Spanish ] (Zoology) Same as Pompano .

Pampas noun plural [ Spanish , from Peruv. pampa a field, plain.] Vast plains in the central and southern part of the Argentine Republic in South America. The term is sometimes used in a wider sense for the plains extending from Bolivia to Southern Patagonia.

Pampas cat (Zoology) , a South American wild cat ( Felis pajeros ). It has oblique transverse bands of yellow or brown. It is about three and a half feet long. Called also straw cat . -- Pampas deer (Zoology) , a small, reddish-brown, South American deer ( Cervus, or Blastocerus, campestris ). -- Pampas grass (Botany) , a very tall ornamental grass ( Gynerium argenteum ) with a silvery-white silky panicle. It is a native of the pampas of South America.

Pamper transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Pampered ; present participle & verbal noun Pampering .] [ Confer LG. pampen , slampampen , to live luxuriously, pampe thick pap, and English pap .]


1. To feed to the full; to feed luxuriously; to glut; as, to pamper the body or the appetite. "A body . . . pampered for corruption." Dr. T. Dwight.

2. To gratify inordinately; to indulge to excess; as, to pamper pride; to pamper the imagination. South.