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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A stylized palm leaf used as a decorative element, notably in Persian rugs and in classical moldings, reliefs, frescoes, and vase paintings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A motif in decorative art resembling the fan-shaped leaves of a palm tree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A floral ornament, common in Greek and other ancient architecture; -- often called the honeysuckle ornament.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In class. archæol., an ornament more or less resembling a palm-leaf, whether carved in relief on moldings, etc., or painted; an anthemion. See cut on following page.
  • n. In certain gastropods, an appendage of the head.

Etymologies

French, diminutive of palme, palm, from Old French, from Latin palma; see palm2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
palm +‎ -ette (Wiktionary)

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