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[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.
Also, palmated.
1750-60; < Latin palmātus shaped like a palm. See palm1, -ate1
Related forms
palmately, adverb
subpalmate, adjective
subpalmated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for palmate
  • The fronts of the eggs are covered with delicate palmettes-shapes based on the palmate leaf.
  • The refuge is a stronghold for populations of the endangered palmate-bracted bird's-beak and the threatened giant garter snake.
  • The simple leaves have short petioles and three conspicuous palmate veins.
  • Leaves are palmate and, along with the twigs, have a spicy aroma.
  • The network may be described in various venation terms such as trellis or palmate.
British Dictionary definitions for palmate


/ˈpælmeɪt; -mɪt/
shaped like an open hand: palmate antlers
(botany) having more than three lobes or segments that spread out from a common point: palmate leaves
(of the feet of most water birds) having three toes connected by a web
Word Origin
C18: from Latin palmatus, from palma palm; see palm²
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palmate in Medicine

palmate pal·mate (pāl'māt', päl'-, pä'māt') or pal·mat·ed (-mā'tĭd)
Having a shape similar to that of a hand with the fingers extended.

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palmate in Science
  (pāl'māt', 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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