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palm 1

 (päm)
n.
1.
a. The inner surface of the hand that extends from the wrist to the base of the fingers.
b. The similar part of the forefoot of a quadruped.
2. A unit of length equal to either the width or the length of the hand.
3. The part of a glove or mitten that covers the palm of the hand.
4. Nautical A metal shield worn by sailmakers over the palm of the hand and used to force a needle through heavy canvas.
5. Nautical The blade of an oar or paddle.
6. The flattened part of the antlers of certain animals, such as the moose.
tr.v. palmed, palm·ing, palms
1.
a. To hold in the palm of the hand.
b. To touch or stroke with the palm of the hand.
2. To conceal in the palm of the hand, as in cheating at dice or cards or in a sleight-of-hand trick.
3. To pick up furtively.
4. Basketball To commit a violation by letting (the ball) rest momentarily in the palm of the hand while dribbling.
Phrasal Verb:
palm off
To dispose of or pass off by deception.
Idiom:
an itchy palm
A strong desire for money, especially bribes.

[Middle English paume, from Old French, from Latin palma, palm tree, palm of the hand; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

palm′ful′ n.

palm 2

 (päm)
n.
1. Any of numerous chiefly tropical evergreen trees, shrubs, or woody vines of the family Arecaceae (or Palmae), characteristically having an unbranched trunk with a crown of large pinnate or palmate leaves having conspicuous parallel venation.
2. A leaf of a palm tree, regarded as an emblem of victory, success, or joy.
3. A small metallic representation of a palm leaf added to a military decoration that has been awarded more than one time.

[Middle English, from Old English and from Old French palme, both from Latin palma, palm of the hand, palm tree (from the shape of the tree's fronds); see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]
References in classic literature ?
He is--the son of Chaka and Baleka, the sister of Mopo, the changeling whom Unandi, Mother of the Heavens, palmed off upon this house to bring a curse on it, and whom she would lead out before the people when the land is weary of the wickedness of the king, her son, to take the place of the king.
Search him, slaves for an ye suffer a second impostor to be palmed upon you, I will have your eyes torn out, and hot coals put into the sockets.
Each played a farce, and palmed it off on the other as a tragedy.