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-​ \

Definition of palmate

: 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

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Other Words from palmate

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,, "The best Japanese maple for your Bay Area garden," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of palmate

1661, in the meaning defined above

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“Palmate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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