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palm


  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Palm  \Palm\,  v.  t. 
  To  ``grease  the  palm''  of  to  bribe  or  tip.  [Slang] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Palm  \Palm\,  n.  [AS.  palm,  L.  palma;  --  so  named  fr  the  leaf 
  resembling  a  hand.  See  lst  {Palm},  and  cf  {Pam}.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  Any  endogenous  tree  of  the  order  {Palm[ae]}  or 
  {Palmace[ae]};  a  palm  tree. 
 
  Note:  Palms  are  perennial  woody  plants,  often  of  majestic 
  size.  The  trunk  is  usually  erect  and  rarely  branched, 
  and  has  a  roughened  exterior  composed  of  the  persistent 
  bases  of  the  leaf  stalks.  The  leaves  are  borne  in  a 
  terminal  crown,  and  are  supported  on  stout,  sheathing, 
  often  prickly,  petioles.  They  are  usually  of  great 
  size,  and  are  either  pinnately  or  palmately  many-cleft. 
  There  are  about  one  thousand  species  known  nearly  all 
  of  them  growing  in  tropical  or  semitropical  regions. 
  The  wood,  petioles,  leaves,  sap,  and  fruit  of  many 
  species  are  invaluable  in  the  arts  and  in  domestic 
  economy.  Among  the  best  known  are  the  date  palm,  the 
  cocoa  palm,  the  fan  palm,  the  oil  palm,  the  wax  palm, 
  the  palmyra,  and  the  various  kinds  called  cabbage  palm 
  and  palmetto. 
 
  2.  A  branch  or  leaf  of  the  palm,  anciently  borne  or  worn  as  a 
  symbol  of  victory  or  rejoicing. 
 
  A  great  multitude  .  .  .  stood  before  the  throne,  and 
  before  the  Lamb,  clothed  with  white  robes,  and  palme 
  in  their  hands.  --Rev.  vii.  9. 
 
  3.  Hence:  Any  symbol  or  token  of  superiority,  success,  or 
  triumph;  also  victory;  triumph;  supremacy.  ``The  palm  of 
  martyrdom.''  --Chaucer. 
 
  So  get  the  start  of  the  majestic  world  And  bear  the 
  palm  alone.  --Shak. 
 
  {Molucca  palm}  (Bot.),  a  labiate  herb  from  Asia  ({Molucella 
  l[ae]vis}),  having  a  curious  cup-shaped  calyx. 
 
  {Palm  cabbage},  the  terminal  bud  of  a  cabbage  palm,  used  as 
  food. 
 
  {Palm  cat}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  common  paradoxure. 
 
  {Palm  crab}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  purse  crab. 
 
  {Palm  oil},  a  vegetable  oil,  obtained  from  the  fruit  of 
  several  species  of  palms,  as  the  African  oil  palm 
  ({El[ae]is  Guineensis}),  and  used  in  the  manufacture  of 
  soap  and  candles.  See  {El[ae]is}. 
 
  {Palm  swift}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  swift  ({Cypselus 
  Batassiensis})  which  frequents  the  palmyra  and  cocoanut 
  palms  in  India.  Its  peculiar  nest  is  attached  to  the  leaf 
  of  the  palmyra  palm. 
 
  {Palm  toddy}.  Same  as  {Palm  wine}. 
 
  {Palm  weevil}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  one  of  mumerous  species  of  very 
  large  weevils  of  the  genus  {Rhynchophorus}.  The  larv[ae] 
  bore  into  palm  trees,  and  are  called  {palm  borers},  and 
  {grugru  worms}.  They  are  considered  excellent  food. 
 
  {Palm  wine},  the  sap  of  several  species  of  palms,  especially, 
  in  India,  of  the  wild  date  palm  ({Ph[oe]nix  sylvestrix}), 
  the  palmyra,  and  the  {Caryota  urens}.  When  fermented  it 
  yields  by  distillation  arrack,  and  by  evaporation  jaggery. 
  Called  also  {palm  toddy}. 
 
  {Palm  worm},  or  {Palmworm}.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  The  larva  of  a  palm  weevil. 
  b  A  centipede. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Palm  \Palm\,  n.  [OE.  paume,  F.  paume,  L.  palma,  Gr  ?,  akin  to 
  Skr.  p[=a]ni  hand,  and  E.  fumble.  See  {Fumble},  {Feel},  and 
  cf  2d  {Palm}.] 
  1.  (Anat.)  The  inner  and  somewhat  concave  part  of  the  hand 
  between  the  bases  of  the  fingers  and  the  wrist. 
 
  Clench'd  her  fingers  till  they  bit  the  palm. 
  --Tennyson. 
 
  2.  A  lineal  measure  equal  either  to  the  breadth  of  the  hand 
  or  to  its  length  from  the  wrist  to  the  ends  of  the 
  fingers;  a  hand;  --  used  in  measuring  a  horse's  height. 
 
  Note:  In  Greece,  the  palm  was  reckoned  at  three  inches.  The 
  Romans  adopted  two  measures  of  this  name  the  lesser 
  palm  of  2.91  inches,  and  the  greater  palm  of  8.73 
  inches.  At  the  present  day  this  measure  varies  in  the 
  most  arbitrary  manner,  being  different  in  each  country, 
  and  occasionally  varying  in  the  same  --Internat.  Cyc. 
 
  3.  (Sailmaking)  A  metallic  disk,  attached  to  a  strap,  and 
  worn  the  palm  of  the  hand,  --  used  to  push  the  needle 
  through  the  canvas,  in  sewing  sails,  etc 
 
  4.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  broad  flattened  part  of  an  antler,  as  of  a 
  full-grown  fallow  deer;  --  so  called  as  resembling  the 
  palm  of  the  hand  with  its  protruding  fingers. 
 
  5.  (Naut.)  The  flat  inner  face  of  an  anchor  fluke. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Palm  \Palm\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Palmed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Palming}.] 
  1.  To  handle.  [Obs.]  --Prior. 
 
  2.  To  manipulate  with  or  conceal  in  the  palm  of  the  hand; 
  to  juggle. 
 
  They  palmed  the  trick  that  lost  the  game.  --Prior. 
 
  3.  To  impose  by  fraud,  as  by  sleight  of  hand;  to  put  by 
  unfair  means  --  usually  with  off 
 
  For  you  may  palm  upon  us  new  for  old  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  palm 
  n  1:  the  inner  surface  of  the  hand  from  the  wrist  to  the  base  of 
  the  fingers 
  2:  a  linear  unit  based  on  the  length  or  width  of  the  human  hand 
  3:  any  plant  of  the  family  Palmae  [syn:  {palm  tree}] 
  4:  an  award  for  winning  a  championship  [syn:  {decoration},  {laurel 
  wreath},  {medal},  {medallion},  {ribbon}] 
  v  :  touch,  lift,  or  hold  with  the  hands  [syn:  {handle}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Palm,  PA 
  Zip  code(s):  18070 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  PALM,  n.  A  species  of  tree  having  several  varieties,  of  which  the 
  familiar  "itching  palm"  (_Palma  hominis_)  is  most  widely  distributed 
  and  sedulously  cultivated.  This  noble  vegetable  exudes  a  kind  of 
  invisible  gum,  which  may  be  detected  by  applying  to  the  bark  a  piece 
  of  gold  or  silver.  The  metal  will  adhere  with  remarkable  tenacity. 
  The  fruit  of  the  itching  palm  is  so  bitter  and  unsatisfying  that  a 
  considerable  percentage  of  it  is  sometimes  given  away  in  what  are  known 
  as  "benefactions." 
 
 




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