palm reading

palmistry

[pah-muh-stree]
noun
the art or practice of telling fortunes and interpreting character from the lines and configurations of the palm of a person's hand.
Also called palm reading.


Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English pawmestry, equivalent to pawm palm1 + -estry (origin obscure; cf. -y3)

palmist, noun
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palmistry (ˈpɑːmɪstrɪ)
 
n
Also called: chiromancy the process or art of interpreting character, telling fortunes, etc, by the configuration of lines, marks, and bumps on a person's hand
 
[C15 pawmestry, from paumepalm1; the second element is unexplained]
 
'palmist
 
n

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palmistry
"divination from the palm of the hand," c.1420, from palme (see palm (1)) + obscure second element, perhaps -estre (as in M.E. webbestre "weaver") or -rie (as in M.E. archerie "archery").
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