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[pal-meyt, -mit, pahl-, pah-meyt] /ˈpæl meɪt, -mɪt, ˈpɑl-, ˈpɑ meɪt/
shaped like an open palm or like a hand with the fingers extended, as a leaf or an antler.
Botany. having four or more lobes or leaflets radiating from a single point.
Zoology. web-footed.
  1. decorated with palmettes.
  2. (in furniture of the 17th century) having bands of semicircles enclosing a radiating leaf form.
Often, palmated [pal-mey-tid, pahl-, pah-mey-] /ˈpæl meɪ tɪd, ˈpɑl-, ˈpɑ meɪ-/ (Show IPA).
Origin of palmate
First recorded in 1750-60, palmate is from the Latin word palmātus shaped like a palm. See palm1, -ate1
Related forms
palmately, adverb
subpalmate, adjective
subpalmated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for palmate
Historical Examples
  • palmate: like the palm of the hand, with finger-like processes.

  • The leaves are palmate, and they are divided into three or five stalked leaflets.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • The branches are more or less flattened, and often are palmate at the ends.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • Climbing, with lobed, palmate pinn and terminal fruit-clusters.

    How to Know the Ferns Frances Theodora Parsons
  • It was a large tree, with palmate leaves having seven fingers.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • It connects that genus with the real Orchides with palmate bulbs.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • palmate (or digitate) leaf of five leaflets, of the Sweet Buckeye.

  • The leaves are simple and cut into five lobes, with a palmate venation and irregularly toothed margins.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux
  • All the toes are connected by a palmate web, and the innermost has, besides, a marginal longitudinal membrane.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • The summit is palmate, having from two to five branches from its back part, which are curved inward (c).

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
British Dictionary definitions for palmate


/ˈpælmeɪt; -mɪt/
shaped like an open hand: palmate antlers
(botany) having more than three lobes or segments that spread out from a common point: palmate leaves
(of the feet of most water birds) having three toes connected by a web
Word Origin
C18: from Latin palmatus, from palma palm; see palm²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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palmate in Medicine

palmate pal·mate (pāl'māt', päl'-, pä'māt') or pal·mat·ed (-mā'tĭd)
Having a shape similar to that of a hand with the fingers extended.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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palmate in Science
  (pāl'māt', päl'-)   
  1. Having a shape similar to that of a hand with the fingers extended. Some kinds of coral and the antlers of moose and certain deer are palmate.

  2. Having three or more veins, leaflets, or lobes radiating from one point. Maples have palmately lobed leaves.

  3. Having webbed toes. The feet of many swimming and diving birds are palmate.

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