from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a shape similar to that of a hand with the fingers extended: palmate antlers; palmate coral.
- adj. Botany Having three or more veins, leaflets, or lobes radiating from one point; digitate: a palmate leaf.
- adj. Zoology Having webbed toes, as the feet of many water birds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having three or more lobes or veins arising from a common point.
- adj. (leaves) Having more than three leaflets arising from a common point, often in the form of a fan.
- adj. Having webbed appendage; palmated.
- adj. Hand-like; shaped like a hand with extended fingers
- n. A salt or ester of ricinoleic acid; a ricinoleate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the shape of the hand; resembling a hand with the fingers spread.
- adj. Spreading from the apex of a petiole, as the divisions of a leaf, or leaflets, so as to resemble the hand with outspread fingers.
- adj. Having the anterior toes united by a web, as in most swimming birds; webbed. See Illust. (i) under Aves.
- adj. Having the distal portion broad, flat, and more or less divided into lobes; -- said of certain corals, antlers, etc.
- n. A salt of palmic acid; a ricinoleate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like an open palm; resembling a hand with the fingers extended.
- Web-footed, as a bird; palmiped; webbed; specifically, of or pertaining to the Palmatæ. Compare semipalmate, totipalmate.
- In botany, originally, having five lobes, with the midribs diverging from a common center; by later botanists extended to leaves that are lobed or divided so that the sinuses point to or reach the apex of the petiole, somewhat irrespective of the number of lobes. See digitate, and cuts under leaf.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of a leaf shape; having leaflets or lobes radiating from a common point
- adj. (of the feet of water birds) having three toes connected by a thin fold of skin
The leaves of Money Tree are palmate, that is, resembling an outstretched hand.
More of the giant palmate leaves are on the ground than on the plant.
A palmate newt – its impervious gaze scanned minute horizons between the worlds of water and air.
Pea green palmate papyrus leaves on leggy stalks echo the umbrellas of the maples.
She could see every shell which crawled on the white sand at her feet, every rock-fish which played in and out of the crannies, and stared at her with its broad bright eyes; while the great palmate oarweeds which waved along the chasm, half-seen in the glimmering water, seemed to beckon her down with long brown hands to a grave amid their chilly bowers.
Other problematic invasive species include coffee (Coffea arabica), guava (Psidium guajava), Lantana camara, mango (Mangifera indica), African tulip tree (Spathodea campanulata), and Cecropia palmate.
Dipteris Horsfieldii and Matonia pectinata, which bear large spreading palmate fronds on slender stems six or eight feet high.
Also a species of HIBISCUS, with rough palmate leaves, large bright sulphur-coloured flowers, with a rich purple spot at the base of each petal, the stamens and stigma bright red, the blossoms when fully expanded eight inches in circumference; the plant has a very erect habit.
(CALAMUS,) GLYCERIA, KENNEDYA, MUCUNA, and a strong growing IPOMEA, with herbaceous-fibrous roots and palmate leaves; and in a few places bamboos were growing.
This tree was deciduous, the leaves being palmate, and grew on stiff soil: its large crimson flowers attracted universal admiration.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.