- Bot. having veins, leaflets, or lobes radiating from a common center (said of some leaves)
- Zool. web-footed, as many water birds
Origin of palmateClassical Latin palmatus from palma, palm
- Having a shape similar to that of a hand with the fingers extended: palmate antlers; palmate coral.
- Botany Having three or more veins, leaflets, or lobes radiating from one point; digitate: a palmate leaf.
- Zoology Having webbing that connects the three front toes, as the feet of many waterbirds.
top: compound and lobed leaves
bottom: feet of an albatross
- (chiefly botany) Having three or more lobes or veins arising from a common point.
- Although palmate leaves are typical of most Western maples, a number of species have leaves without lobes.
- (botany) (leaves) Having more than three leaflets arising from a common point, often in the form of a fan.
- (rare) Having webbed appendage; palmated.
- The Palmate Newt is a common Western European amphibian.
- (rare) Hand-like; shaped like a hand with extended fingers
- The word is rare outside of technical writing, and hardly ever qualify things other than leaves.
- A compound leaf with more than three leaflets (trifoliate) radiating from the same point is more usually called palmate or palmately compound to avoid ambiguity.
- While "palmated" is a more usual term when referring to webbed appendages. "Palmate" is often found in zoological nomenclature as the Latin term for both meanings is palmatus.
- Used primarily as part of the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients
From Latin palmatus (“hand-shaped"), by extension (as palma acquired the meaning "palm tree"), "palm-leaf shaped".