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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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CREATE a fiesta feel with canna lilies' yellow leaves and orange flowers, which contrast with palmate leaves and flowers in purple, red and bronze.
A search of existing records of pond species in South Tyneside reveals that only four ponds were recorded as having smooth newts, four had palmate newts, and none had great crested newts.
The great-crested newt was found (along with two other species of newt, the palmate and the smooth) on National Park land near Hadrian's Wall.
CCW spokeswoman Meinir Wigley said: ``It is crammed full of pictures and anyone interested will be able to get to know the six - the common frog,common toad,natterjack toad, palmate newt, great crested newt and smooth newt.
Hebe 'Autumn Glory' will carry on flowering up to December, producing purple flowers, while Fatsia japonica, with its large, leathery, tropical-looking leaves, provides a surprise in late autumn with globe flowers in a greenish-white, set off by the palmate, evergreen leaves.
The tendrils represent the cords that bound Christ, the palmate leaves the hands of the prosecutors, and the three flower bracts symbolise the Trinity.
Throughout summer it displays strong dark green foliage, palmate with jagged edges - an effective weed suppresser.
Hebe Autumn Glory opens its purple bottle brush flowers late in the season, while the tropical-looking Fatsia japonica has fantastic-looking glossy palmate, evergreen leaves and also produces greenish-white flowers in late autumn.
All three species of newt - smooth, great crested, and palmate - were present.
Leaves last longer than flowers and come in a range of different shapes - oval, heartshaped, sword-like and palmate - and all with margins that could be smooth, serrated or toothed.
It has leathery, shiny, dark green, alternate, palmate leaves and produces clusters of green flowers that transform into black berries in autumn.
They produce dense spikes of pea-like flowers often up to 90cm tall above palmate leaves.