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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PALM

He smote his palm with his clenched fist and strode about the little room.

He had been shot in the most painful place in the body—the palm of the hand.

Linda laid her palm on the top of the sand heap and pressed it flat.

"Then give me mine," cries the critic, stretching out his palm.

But here, on the palm of my hand, stands a wonder that outdoes them all!

Then we could cover him up with palm leaves in the forest and leave him.

As he turned away the judge gave him a palm in sign of victory.

The proud victors walked with their palm leaves in their hands.

Cut them about half an inch thick, and as large as the palm of your hand.

There were stretches of sandy shore, and green gloom of palm groves.

WORD ORIGIN

"flat of the hand," c.1300, from Old French palme (Modern French paume), from Latin palma "palm of the hand," also "flat end of an oar; palm tree," from PIE *pel- "to spread out; flat" (cf. Greek palame "open hand," Old Irish lam, Welsh llaw, Old English folm, Old High German folma "hand," Sanskrit panih "hand, hoof"). Palm oil is earlier in the punning sense of "bribe" (1620s) than in the literal sense of "oil from the fruit of the West African palm" (1705, from palm (n.2)).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PALM

garland

nounstrand of material, usually hung
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