[pal-meyt, -mit, pahl-, pah-meyt]
- 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.
- decorated with palmettes.
- (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
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Examples from the Web for palmate
Palmate: like the palm of the hand, with finger-like processes.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
The leaves are palmate, and they are divided into three or five stalked leaflets.Botany for Ladies
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
- 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
C18: from Latin palmatus, from palma palm; see palm ²
palmate(păl′māt′, päl′-, pä′māt′)
- Having a shape similar to that of a hand with the fingers extended.
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- 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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