Pal"mate (?), Pal"ma*ted (?), a. [L. palmatus marked with the palm of a hand, from palma the palm of the hand.]

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.

Gray.

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.

 

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