palmistry

[ pah-muh-stree ]
/ ˈpɑ mə stri /
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noun

the art or practice of telling fortunes and interpreting character from the lines and configurations of the palm of a person's hand.

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Also called palm reading .

Origin of palmistry

1375–1425; late Middle English pawmestry, equivalent to pawmpalm1 + -estry (origin obscure; cf. -y3)

OTHER WORDS FROM palmistry

palmist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for palmistry

palmistry
/ (ˈpɑːmɪstrɪ) /

noun

the process or art of interpreting character, telling fortunes, etc, by the configuration of lines, marks, and bumps on a person's handAlso called: chiromancy

Derived forms of palmistry

palmist, noun

Word Origin for palmistry

C15 pawmestry, from paume palm 1; the second element is unexplained
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