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[pal-meyt, -mit, pahl-, pah-meyt]
  1. shaped like an open palm or like a hand with the fingers extended, as a leaf or an antler.
  2. Botany. having four or more lobes or leaflets radiating from a single point.
  3. Zoology. web-footed.
  4. Furniture.
    1. decorated with palmettes.
    2. (in furniture of the 17th century) having bands of semicircles enclosing a radiating leaf form.
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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
Related formspal·mate·ly, adverbsub·pal·mate, adjectivesub·pal·mat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for palmated

Historical Examples

  • The roots are black and palmated, and about a foot in breadth.

    In the Wilds of Africa

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • His wide, palmated antlers were laid back over his shoulders.

    Neighbors Unknown

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • The palmated garment was figured with palm-leaves, and was a triumphal or festive garment.

  • Alces machlis, the Elk or Moose, is a circumpolar species with palmated antlers and is of large size.

  • The brow tine and the next or bez tine are also palmated and are directed forwards and a little downwards.

British Dictionary definitions for palmated



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

C18: from Latin palmatus, from palma palm; see palm ²
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palmated in Medicine


(pălmāt′, päl-, pämāt′)
  1. Having a shape similar to that of a hand with the fingers extended.
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palmated in Science


[pălmāt′, 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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