palmate

adjective pal·mate \ ˈpal-ˌmāt , ˈpä- , ˈpäl- , ˈpȯ- , ˈpȯl- \
variants: or less commonly palmated play \ˈpal-ˌmā-təd, 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

palmately

adverb

palmation

play \pal-ˈmā-shən, pä-, ˈpäl-, ˈpȯ-, ˈpȯl-\ noun

First Known Use of palmate

1661


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