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Palmate, Palmated adjective [ Latin palmatus marked with the palm of a hand, from palma the palm of the hand.]


1. Having the shape of the hand; resembling a hand with the fingers spread.

2. (Botany) Spreading from the apex of a petiole, as the divisions of a leaf, or leaflets, so as to resemble the hand with outspread fingers. Gray.

3. (Zoology) (a) Having the anterior toes united by a web, as in most swimming birds; webbed. See Illust. (i) under Aves . (b) Having the distal portion broad, flat, and more or less divided into lobes; -- said of certain corals, antlers, etc.

Palmately adverb In a palmate manner.

Palmatifid adjective [ Latin palmatus palmate + root of findere to split.] (Botany) Palmate, with the divisions separated but little more than halfway to the common center.

Palmatilobed adjective [ Latin palmatus palmate + English lobed .] (Botany) Palmate, with the divisions separated less than halfway to the common center.

Palmatisect, Palmatisected adjective [ Latin palmatus palmate + secare to cut.] (Botany) Divided, as a palmate leaf, down to the midrib, so that the parenchyma is interrupted.

Palmcrist noun The palma Christi. ( Jonah iv. 6, margin, and Douay version, note. )

Palmed adjective Having or bearing a palm or palms.

Palmed deer (Zoology) , a stag of full growth, bearing palms. See lst Palm , 4.

Palmer noun [ From Palm , transitive verb ] One who palms or cheats, as at cards or dice.

Palmer noun [ From Palm the tree.] A wandering religious votary; especially, one who bore a branch of palm as a token that he had visited the Holy Land and its sacred places. Chaucer.

Pilgrims and palmers plighted them together.
P. Plowman.

The pilgrim had some home or dwelling place, the palmer had none. The pilgrim traveled to some certain, designed place or places, but the palmer to all.
T. Staveley.

Palmer noun
1. (Zoology) A palmerworm.
[ Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. (Angling) Short for Palmer fly , an artificial fly made to imitate a hairy caterpillar; a hackle.
[ Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Palmerworm noun (Zoology) (a) Any hairy caterpillar which appears in great numbers, devouring herbage, and wandering about like a palmer. The name is applied also to other voracious insects. Joel. i. 4. (b) In America, the larva of any one of several moths, which destroys the foliage of fruit and forest trees, esp. the larva of Ypsolophus pometellus , which sometimes appears in vast numbers.

Palmette noun [ French, dim. of palme a palm.] A floral ornament, common in Greek and other ancient architecture; -- often called the honeysuckle ornament .

Palmetto noun [ Dim. of palm the tree: confer Spanish palmito .] (Botany) A name given to palms of several genera and species growing in the West Indies and the Southern United States. In the United States, the name is applied especially to the Chamærops, or Sabal, Palmetto , the cabbage tree of Florida and the Carolinas. See Cabbage tree , under Cabbage .

Royal palmetto , the West Indian Sabal umbraculifera , the trunk of which, when hollowed, is used for water pipes, etc. The leaves are used for thatching, and for making hats, ropes, etc. -- Saw palmetto , Sabal serrulata , a native of Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. The nearly impassable jungle which it forms is called palmetto scrub .

Palmetto flag Any of several flags adopted by South California after its secession. That adopted in November, 1860, had a green cabbage palmetto in the center of a white field; the final one, January, 1861, had a white palmetto in the center of a blue field and a white crescent in the upper left-hand corner.

Palmetto State South California; -- a nickname alluding to the State Arms, which contain a representation of a palmetto tree.

Palmic adjective [ Confer French palmique .] (Chemistry) Of, pertaining to, or derived from, the castor-oil plant ( Ricinus communis , or Palma Christi ); -- formerly used to designate an acid now called ricinoleic acid . [ Obsoles.]

Palmidactyles noun plural [ New Latin See Palm , and Dactyl .] (Zoology) A group of wading birds having the toes webbed, as the avocet.

Palmiferous adjective [ Latin palmifer ; palma a palm + ferre to bear: confer French palmifère .] Bearing palms.

Palmigrade adjective [ Latin palma palm of the hand + gradi to walk.] (Zoology) Putting the whole foot upon the ground in walking, as some mammals.

Palmin noun [ From palma Christi: confer French palmine .] (Chemistry) (a) A white waxy or fatty substance obtained from castor oil. (b) Ricinolein. [ Obsolete]

Palmiped adjective [ Latin palmipes , -edis , broad-footed; palma the palm of the hand + pes a foot; confer French palmipède .] (Zoology) Web-footed, as a water fowl. -- noun A swimming bird; a bird having webbed feet.

Palmipedes noun plural [ New Latin ] (Zoology) Same as Natatores .

Palmister noun [ From Palm of the hand.] One who practices palmistry Bp. Hall.

Palmistry noun [ See Palmister .]
1. The art or practice of divining or telling fortunes, or of judging of character, by the lines and marks in the palm of the hand; chiromancy. Ascham. Cowper.

2. A dexterous use or trick of the hand. Addison.

Palmitate noun (Chemistry) A salt of palmitic acid.

Palmite noun [ From Palm .] (Botany) A South African plant ( Prionium Palmita ) of the Rush family, having long serrated leaves. The stems have been used for making brushes.

Palmitic adjective (Physiol. Chem.) Pertaining to, or obtained from, palmitin or palm oil; as, palmitic acid, a white crystalline body belonging to the fatty acid series. It is readily soluble in hot alcohol, and melts to a liquid oil at 62° C.

Palmitin noun [ So called because abundant in palm oil.] (Physiol. Chem.) A solid crystallizable fat, found abundantly in animals and in vegetables. It occurs mixed with stearin and olein in the fat of animal tissues, with olein and butyrin in butter, with olein in olive oil, etc. Chemically, it is a glyceride of palmitic acid, three molecules of palmitic acid being united to one molecule of glyceryl, and hence it is technically called tripalmitin , or glyceryl tripalmitate .

Palmitolic adjective [ Palmit ic + -ol eic + ic .] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or designating, an artificial acid of the oleic acid series, isomeric with linoleic acid.

Palmitone noun (Chemistry) The ketone of palmitic acid.

Palmy adjective
1. Bearing palms; abounding in palms; derived from palms; as, a palmy shore. Pope.

His golden sands and palmy wine.
Goldsmith.

2. Worthy of the palm; flourishing; prosperous.

In the most high and palmy state of Rome.
Shak.

Palmyra noun (Botany) A species of palm ( Borassus flabelliformis ) having a straight, black, upright trunk, with palmate leaves. It is found native along the entire northern shores of the Indian Ocean, from the mouth of the Tigris to New Guinea. More than eight hundred uses to which it is put are enumerated by native writers. Its wood is largely used for building purposes; its fruit and roots serve for food, its sap for making toddy, and its leaves for thatching huts.

Palo noun [ Spanish See Pale a stake.] A pole or timber of any kind; -- in the names of trees. [ Spanish Amer.]

Palo blanco [ Spanish blanco white.] (a) A western American hackberry ( Celtis reticulata ), having light-colored bark. (b) A Mexican mimosaceous tree ( Lysiloma candida ), the bark of which is used in tanning.

Palola noun [ Fr. the native name.] (Zoology) An annelid ( Palola viridis ) which, at certain seasons of the year, swarms at the surface of the sea about some of the Pacific Islands, where it is collected for food.

Palolo noun , or Palolo worm [ From native name.] A polystome worm ( Palolo viridis ) that burrows in the coral reefs of certain of the Pacific Islands. A little before the last quarter of the moon in October and November, they swarm in vast numbers at the surface of the sea for breeding, and are gathered and highly esteemed as food by the natives. An allied species inhabits the tropical Atlantic and swarms in June or July.

Palometa noun (Zoology) A pompano.

Palp (pălp) noun [ Confer French palpe . See Palpable .] (Zoology) Same as Palpus .

Palp transitive verb [ Latin palpare : confer French palper .] To have a distinct touch or feeling of; to feel. [ Obsolete]

To bring a palpèd darkness o'er the earth .
Heywood.

Palpability noun The quality of being palpable, or perceptible by the touch. Arbuthnot.

Palpable adjective [ French palpable , Latin palpabilis , from palpare to feel, stroke; confer palpus the soft palm of the hand.]
1. Capable of being touched and felt; perceptible by the touch; as, a palpable form. Shak.

Darkness must overshadow all his bounds,
Palpable darkness.
Milton.

2. Easily perceptible; plain; distinct; obvious; readily perceived and detected; gross; as, palpable imposture; palpable absurdity; palpable errors. "Three persons palpable ." P. Plowman.

[ Lies] gross as a mountain, open, palpable .
Shak.

-- Pal"pa*ble*ness , noun -- Pal"pa*bly , adverb

Palpation noun [ Latin palpatio , from palpare . See Palpable .]
1. Act of touching or feeling.

2. (Medicine) Examination of a patient by touch. Quain.

Palpator noun [ Latin , a stroker.] (Zoology) One of a family of clavicorn beetles, including those which have very long maxillary palpi.

Palpebra noun ; plural Palpebræ . [ Latin ] (Zoology) The eyelid.

Palpebral adjective [ Latin palpebralis , from palpebra : confer French palpébral .] Of or pertaining to the eyelids.

Palpebrate adjective (Zoology) Having eyelids.

Palped (pălpt) adjective (Zoology) Having a palpus.

Palpi (păl"pī) noun , plural of Palpus . (Zoology) See Palpus .

Palpicorn noun [ See Palpus , and Cornu .] (Zoology) One of a group of aquatic beetles ( Palpicornia ) having short club-shaped antennæ, and long maxillary palpi.