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 (păl′māt′, päl′-, pä′māt′) also pal·mat·ed (-mā′tĭd)
1. Having a shape similar to that of a hand with the fingers extended: palmate antlers; palmate coral.
2. Botany Having three or more veins, leaflets, or lobes radiating from one point; digitate: a palmate leaf.
3. Zoology Having webbing that connects the three front toes, as the feet of many waterbirds.

pal′mate′ly adv.


(ˈpælmeɪt; -mɪt) or


1. (Zoology) shaped like an open hand: palmate antlers.
2. (Botany) botany having more than three lobes or segments that spread out from a common point: palmate leaves.
3. (Zoology) (of the feet of most water birds) having three toes connected by a web
[C18: from Latin palmatus, from palma palm; see palm2]


(ˈpæl meɪt, -mɪt, ˈpɑl-, ˈpɑ meɪt)

also pal′mat•ed,

1. shaped like an open palm or like a hand with the fingers extended, as a leaf or an antler.
2. web-footed.
3. having four or more lobes or leaflets radiating from a single point.
[1750–60; < Latin]
pal′mate•ly, adv.
pal•ma′tion, n.


(păl′māt′, päl′māt′)
1. Having a shape similar to that of a hand with the fingers extended. Some kinds of coral and the antlers of moose and certain deer are palmate.
2. Botany Having three or more veins, leaflets, or lobes radiating from one point. Maples have palmate leaves.
3. Zoology Having webbed toes as the feet of many swimming and diving birds do.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.palmate - (of the feet of water birds) having three toes connected by a thin fold of skin
webbed - (of the feet of some animals) having the digits connected by a thin fold of skin
2.palmate - of a leaf shape; having leaflets or lobes radiating from a common point
compound - composed of more than one part; "compound leaves are composed of several lobes; "compound flower heads"
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