[ 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 pal·mat·ed [pal-mey-tid, pahl- pah-mey-] /ˈpæl meɪ tɪd, ˈpɑl- ˈpɑ meɪ-/.

Origin of palmate

First recorded in 1750–60, palmate is from the Latin word palmātus shaped like a palm. See palm1, -ate1


pal·mate·ly, adverbsub·pal·mate, adjectivesub·pal·mat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for palmate



/ (ˈpælmeɪt, -mɪt) /


shaped like an open handpalmate antlers
botany having more than three lobes or segments that spread out from a common pointpalmate leaves
(of the feet of most water birds) having three toes connected by a web

Word Origin for palmate

C18: from Latin palmatus, from palma palm; see palm ²
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Medicine definitions for palmate

[ pălmāt′, päl-, pämāt′ ]


Having a shape similar to that of a hand with the fingers extended.
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Science definitions for palmate

[ pălmāt′, päl- ]

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.
Having three or more veins, leaflets, or lobes radiating from one point. Maples have palmately lobed leaves.
Having webbed toes. The feet of many swimming and diving birds are palmate.
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