Pronunciation key

( palmāt )
( palmit )


Palmately lobed leaf
Palmately lobed leaf


[L. palmatus < palma, the palm].

  1. shaped like a hand with the fingers spread;
    • in botany, having veins or lobes radiating from a common center, as some types of leaves.
    • in zoology, web-footed, such as with many water dwelling birds.

References and Further Reading

  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Firefly Encyclopedia of Trees, Edited by Steve Cafferty M.Sc. ©2005
  • Zoology Quest: Chart of Leaf Shapes
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