pal·mate /ˈpælˌmet, ˈpɑ, ˈpɑl, ˈpɔ, ˈpɔl-/
Pal·mate n. Chem. A salt of palmic acid; a ricinoleate. [Obsoles.]
Pal·mate Pal·ma·ted a.
1. Having the shape of the hand; resembling a hand with the fingers spread.
2. Bot. Spreading from the apex of a petiole, as the divisions of a leaf, or leaflets, so as to resemble the hand with outspread fingers.
3. Zool. (a) Having the anterior toes united by a web, as in most swimming birds; webbed. See Illust. (i) under Aves. (b) Having the distal portion broad, flat, and more or less divided into lobes; -- said of certain corals, antlers, etc.
adj 1: (of the feet of water birds) having three toes connected by
a thin fold of skin
2: of a leaf shape; having leaflets or lobes radiating from a
common point [syn: palm-shaped]