palmate

adjective

pal·​mate ˈpal-ˌmāt How to pronounce palmate (audio)
ˈpä-,
ˈpäl-,
ˈpȯ-,
ˈpȯl- How to pronounce palmate (audio)
variants or less commonly palmated
ˈpal-ˌmā-təd How to pronounce palmate (audio)
ˈpä-,
ˈpäl-,
ˈpȯ-,
ˈpȯl-
: resembling a hand with the fingers spread: such as
a
: having lobes radiating from a common point
a palmate leaf
see leaf illustration
b
: having the distal portion broad, flat, and lobed
a palmate antler
palmately adverb
palmation
pal-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce palmate (audio)
pä-
ˈpäl-
ˈpȯ-
ˈpȯl-
noun

Examples of palmate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Variegated: ‘Butterfly’ offers cream and green palmate leaves and stays a modest size (6 to 10 feet). Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, 5 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of palmate was in 1661

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“Palmate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palmate. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

palmate

adjective
pal·​mate ˈpal-ˌmāt How to pronounce palmate (audio) ˈpälm-ˌāt How to pronounce palmate (audio)
ˈpäm-
: resembling a hand with the fingers spread
palmate leaves
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