Pronunciation: (pal'māt, -mit, päl'-, pä'māt), [key]
1. shaped like an open palm or like a hand with the fingers extended, as a leaf or an antler.
2. Bot.having four or more lobes or leaflets radiating from a single point.
a. decorated with palmettes.
b. (in furniture of the 17th century) having bands of semicircles enclosing a radiating leaf form. Also,pal'mat•ed.
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