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palmistry

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noun palm·ist·ry \ˈpä-mə-strē, ˈpäl-, ˈpȯ-, ˈpȯl-\

Simple Definition of palmistry

  • : the art or activity of looking at the lines on the palms of people's hands and telling them what will happen to them in the future

Full Definition of palmistry

  1. :  the art or practice of reading a person's character or future from the lines on the palms

Origin of palmistry

Middle English pawmestry, probably from paume palm + maistrie mastery


First Known Use: 15th century


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