Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
Royal palmetto, the West Indian Sabal umbraculifera, the trunk of which, when hollowed, is used for water pipes, etc. The leaves are used for thatching, and for making hats, ropes, etc. -- Saw palmetto, Sabal serrulata, a native of Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. The nearly impassable jungle which it forms is called palmetto scrub.
Pal"mic (?), a. [Cf. F. palmique.] (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or derived from, the castor-oil plant (Ricinus communis, or Palma Christi); -- formerly used to designate an acid now called ricinoleic acid. [Obsoles.]
Pal`mi*dac"ty*les (?), n. pl. [NL. See Palm, and Dactyl.] (Zoöl.) A group of wading birds having the toes webbed, as the avocet.
Pal*mif"er*ous (?), a.[L. palmifer; palma a palm + ferre to bear: cf. F. palmif\'8are.] Bearing palms.
Pal"mi*grade (?), a. [L. palma palm of the hand + gradi to walk.] (Zoöl.) Putting the whole foot upon the ground in walking, as some mammals.
Pal"min (?), n. [From palma Christi: cf. F. palmine.] (Chem.) (a) A white waxy or fatty substance obtained from castor oil. (b) Ricinolein. [Obs.]
Pal"mi*ped (?), a.[L. palmipes, -edis, broad-footed; palma the palm of the hand + pes a foot; cf. F. palmip\'8ade.] (Zoöl.) Web-footed, as a water fowl. -- n. A swimming bird; a bird having webbed feet.
Pal*mip"e*des (?), n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) Same as Natatores.
Pal"mis*ter (?), n. [From Palm of the hand.] One who practices palmistry
Pal`mis*try (?), n.[See Palmister.]
1. The art or practice of divining or telling fortunes, or of judging of character, by the lines and marks in the palm of the hand; chiromancy.
2. A dexterous use or trick of the hand.
Pal"mi*tate (?), n. (Chem.) A salt of palmitic acid.
Pal"mite (?), n. [From Palm.] (Bot.) A South African plant (Prionium Palmita) of the Rush family, having long serrated leaves. The stems have been used for making brushes.
Pal*mit"ic (?), a. (Physiol. Chem.) Pertaining to, or obtained from, palmitin or palm oil; as, palmitic acid, a white crystalline body belonging to the fatty acid series. It is readily soluble in hot alcohol, and melts to a liquid oil at 62° C.
Pal"mi*tin (?), n. [So called because abundant in palm oil.] (Physiol. Chem.) A solid crystallizable fat, found abundantly in animals and in vegetables. It occurs mixed with stearin and olein in the fat of animal tissues, with olein and butyrin in butter, with olein in olive oil, etc. Chemically, it is a glyceride of palmitic acid, three molecules of palmitic acid being united to one molecule of glyceryl, and hence it is technically called tripalmitin, or glyceryl tripalmitate.
Pal`mi*tol"ic (?), a. [Palmitic + -oleic + ic.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, an artificial acid of the oleic acid series, isomeric with linoleic acid.
Pal"mi*tone (?), n. (Chem.) The ketone of palmitic acid.
Palm" Sun`day (?). (Eccl.) The Sunday next before Easter; -- so called in commemoration of our Savior's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when the multitude strewed palm branches in the way.
Palm"y (?), a.
1. Bearing palms; abounding in palms; derived from palms; as, a palmy shore.
His golden sands and palmy wine.
2. Worthy of the palm; flourishing; prosperous.
In the most high and palmy state of Rome.
Pal*my"ra (?), n. (Bot.) A species of palm (Borassus flabelliformis) having a straight, black, upright trunk, with palmate leaves. It is found native along the entire northern shores of the Indian Ocean, from the mouth of the Tigris to New Guinea. More than eight hundred uses to which it is put are enumerated by native writers. Its wood is largely used for building purposes; its fruit and roots serve for food, its sap for making toddy, and its leaves for thatching huts.
Pa*lo"la (?), n. [Fr. the native name.] (Zoöl.) An annelid (Palola viridis) which, at certain seasons of the year, swarms at the surface of the sea about some of the Pcific Islands, where it is collected for food.
Pal`lo*me"ta (?), n. (Zoöl.) A pompano.
Palp (?), n. [Cf. F. palpe. See Palpable.] (Zoöl.) Same as Palpus.
Palp, v. t. [L. palpare: cf. F. palper.] To have a distinct touch or feeling of; to feel. [Obs.]
To bring a palp\'8ad darkness o'er the earth.
Pal`pa*bil"i*ty (?), n. The quality of being palpable, or perceptible by the touch.
Pal"pa*ble (?), a. [F. palpable, L. palpabilis, fr. palpare to feel, stroke; cf. palpus the soft palm of the hand.]
1. Capable of being touched and felt; perceptible by the touch; as, a palpable form.
Darkness must overshadow all his bounds,
2. Easily perceptible; plain; distinct; obvious; readily perceived and detected; gross; as, palpable imposture; palpable absurdity; palpable errors. Three persons palpable."
[Lies] gross as a mountain, open, palpable.
-- Pal"pa*ble*ness, n. -- Pal"pa*bly, adv.
Pal*pa"tion (?), n. [L. palpatio, fr. palpare. See Palpable.]
1. Act of touching or feeling.
2. (Med.) Examination of a patient by touch.
Pal*pa"tor (?), n. [L., a stroker.] (Zoöl.) One of a family of clavicorn beetles, including those which have very long maxillary palpi.
Pal"pe*bra (?), n.; pl. Palpebræ (#). [L.] (Zoöl.) The eyelid.
Pal"pe*bral (?), a. [L. palpebralis, fr. palpebra: cf. F. palpébral.] Of or pertaining to the eyelids.
Pal"pr*brate (?), a. (Zoöl.) Having eyelids.
Palped (?), a. (Zoöl.) Having a palpus.
Pal"pi (?), n., pl. of Palpus. (Zoöl.) See Palpus.
Pal"pi*corn (?), n. [See Palpus, and Cornu.] (Zoöl.) One of a group of aquatic beetles (Palpicornia) having short club-shaped antennæ, and long maxillary palpi.
Pal"pi*fer (?), n. [Palpus + L. ferre to bear.] (Zoöl.) Same as Palpiger.
Pal"pi*form (?), a. [Palpus + -form: cf. F. palpiforme.] (Zoöl.) Having the form of a palpus.
Pal"pi*ger (?), n. [See Palpigerous.] (Zoöl.) That portion of the labium which bears the palpi in insects.
Pal*pig"er*ous (?), a. [Palpus + -gerous.] (Zoöl.) Bearing a palpus.
Pal"pi*tant (?), a. [L. palpitans, p. pr.] Palpitating; throbbing; trembling.
Pal"pi*tate (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Palpitated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Palpitating(?).] [L. palpitare, palpitatum, v. intens. fr. pappare. See Palpable.] To beat rapidly and more strongly than usual; to throb; to bound with emotion or exertion; to pulsate violently; to flutter; -- said specifically of the heart when its action is abnormal, as from excitement.
Pal`pi*ta"tion (?), n. [L. palpitatio: cf. F. palpitation.] A rapid pulsation; a throbbing; esp., an abnormal, rapid beating of the heart as when excited by violent exertion, strong emotion, or by disease.
Palp"less (?), a. (Zoöl.) Without a palpus.
Pal"po*cil (?), n. [See Palpus, and Cilium.] (Zoöl.) A minute soft filamentary process springing from the surface of certain hydroids and sponges.
Pal"pus (?), n.; pl. Palpi (#). [NL. See Palp.] (Zoöl.) A feeler; especially, one of the jointed sense organs attached to the mouth organs of insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and annelids; as, the mandibular palpi, maxillary palpi, and labial palpi. The palpi of male spiders serve as sexual organs. Called also palp. See Illust. of Arthrogastra and Orthoptera.
Pals"grave` (?), n. [D. paltsgraaf; palts palace (l. palatium) + graaf count; cf. G. pfalzgraf. See Palace, and Landgrave.] (Ger. Hist.) A count or earl who presided in the domestic court, and had the superintendence, of a royal household in Germany.
Pals"gra*vine` (?), n.[D. paltsgravin: cf. G. pfalzgrafin.] The consort or widow of a palsgrave.
Pal"si*cal (?), a.[From Palsy.] Affected with palsy; palsied; paralytic. [R.]
Pal"sied (?), a. Affected with palsy; paralyzed.
Pal"stave` (?), n. [Dan. paalstav.] A peculiar bronze adz, used in prehistoric Europe about the middle of the bronze age.
Pal"ster (?), n. [D. palsterstaf.] A pilgrim's staff. [Obs.]
Pal"sy (?), n.; pl. Palsies (#). [OE. palesie, parlesy, OF. paralesie, F. paralysie, L. paralysis. See Paralysis.] (Med.) Paralysis, complete or partial. See Paralysis. One sick of the palsy."
Mark ii. 3.
Bell's palsy, paralysis of the facial nerve, producing distortion of one side of the face; -- so called from Sir Charles Bell, an English surgeon who described it. -- Scrivener's palsy. See Writer's cramp, under Writer. -- Shaking palsy, paralysis agitans, a disease usually occurring in old people, characterized by muscular tremors and a peculiar shaking and tottering gait.
Pal"sy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Palsied (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Palsying.] To affect with palsy, or as with palsy; to deprive of action or energy; to paralyze.
Pal"sy*wort` (?), n. (Bot.) The cowslip (Primula veris); -- so called from its supposed remedial powers.
Pal"ter (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Paltered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Paltering.] [See Paltry.]
1. To haggle. [Obs.]
2. To act in insincere or deceitful manner; to play false; to equivocate; to shift; to dodge; to trifle.
Romans, that have spoke the word,
And will not palter.
Who never sold the truth to serve the hour,
Nor paltered with eternal God for power.
3. To babble; to chatter. [Obs.]
Pal"ter, v. t. To trifle with; to waste; to squander in paltry ways or on worthless things. [Obs.] Palter out your time in the penal statutes."
Beau. & Fl.
Pal"ter*er (?), n. One who palters.
Pal"ter*ly, a. & adv. Paltry; shabby; shabbily; paltrily. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] In palterly clothes."
Pal"tock (?), n. [See Paletot.] A kind of doublet; a jacket. [Obs.]
Pal"tri*ly (?), adv. In a paltry manner.
Pal"tri*ness, n. The state or quality of being paltry.
Pal"try (?), a. [Compar. Paltrier (); superl. Paltriest.] [Cf. Prov. E. paltry refuse, rubbish, LG. paltering ragged, palte, palter, a rag, a tatter, Dan. pialt, Sw. palta, pl. paltor.] Mean; vile; worthless; despicable; contemptible; pitiful; trifling; as, a paltry excuse; paltry gold.
The paltry prize is hardly worth the cost.
Syn. -- See Contemptible.
Pa*lu"dal (?), a. [L. palus, -udis, a marsh.] Of or pertaining to marshes or fens; marshy. [R.]
Paludal fever, malarial fever; -- so called because generated in marshy districts.
Pa*lu"da*ment (?), n. See Paludamentum.
Pa*lu`da*men*tum (?), n.; pl. Paladumenta () (Rom. Antiq.) A military cloak worn by a general and his principal officers.
Pal`u*dic"o*læ (?), n. pl. [NL., fr. L. palus, -udis, a marsh + colere to inhabit.] (Zoöl.) A division of birds, including the cranes, rails, etc.
Pa*lu"di*cole (?), a. [Cf. F. paludicole.] (Zoöl.) Marsh-inhabiting; belonging to the Paludicolæ
Pal`u*di"na (?), n.; pl. L. Paludinæ (#), E. Paludinas (#). [NL., fr. L. palus, -udis, a marsh, pool.] (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of freshwater pectinibranchiate mollusks, belonging to Paludina, Melantho, and allied genera. They have an operculated shell which is usually green, often with brown bands. See Illust. of Pond snail, under Pond.
Pal`u*di"nal (?), a. Inhabiting ponds or swamps.
Pal"u*dine (?), a. [L. palus, -udis, a marsh.] Of or pertaining to a marsh.
Pa*lu"di*nous (?), a.
1. (Zoöl.) (a) Paludinal. (b) Like or pertaining to the genus Paludina.
2. Of or pertaining to a marsh or fen. [R.]
Pa*lu"dism (?), n. (Med.) The morbid phenomena produced by dwelling among marshes; malarial disease or disposition.
Pal"u*dose` (?), a.[L. paludosus marshy.] Growing or living in marshy places; marshy.
Pal"ule (?), n. (Zoöl.) See Palulus or Palus.
Pal"u*lus (?), n.; pl. Paluli (#). [NL., dim. of L. palus a stake.] (Zoöl.) Same as Palus.
Pa"lus (?), n.; pl. Pali (#). [L., a stake.] (Zoöl.) One of several upright slender calcareous processes which surround the central part of the calicle of certain corals.
Pa*lus"tral (?), a. [L. paluster, -ustris.] Of or pertaining to a bog or marsh; boggy. [R.]
Pa*lus"trine (?), a. Of, pertaining to, or living in, a marsh or swamp; marshy.
Pal"y (?), a. [From Pale, a.] Pale; wanting color; dim. [Poetic]
Pal"y, a. [Cf. F. palé. See Pale a stake.] (Her.) Divided into four or more equal parts by perpendicular lines, and of two different tinctures disposed alternately.
Pam (?), n. [From Palm victory; cf. trump, fr. triumph.] The knave of clubs. [Obs.]
Pa"ment (?), n. A pavement. [Obs.]
Pam"pa*no (?), n. [Sp.] (Zoöl.) Same as Pompano.
Pam"pas (?), n. pl. [Sp., fr. Peruv. pampa a field, plain.] Vast plains in the central and southern part of the Argentine Republic in South America. The term is sometimes used in a wider sense for the plains extending from Bolivia to Southern Patagonia.
Pampas cat (Zoöl.), a South American wild cat (Felis pajeros). It has oblique transverse bands of yellow or brown. It is about three and a half feet long. Called also straw cat. -- Pampas deer (Zoöl.), a small, reddish-brown, South American deer (Cervus, ∨ Blastocerus, campestris). -- Pampas grass (Bot.), a very tall ornamental grass (Gynerium argenteum) with a silvery-white silky panicle. It is a native of the pampas of South America.
Pam"per (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pampered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Pampering.] [Cf. LG. pampen, slampampen, to live luxuriously, pampe thick pap, and E. pap.]
1. To feed to the full; to feed luxuriously; to glut; as, to pamper the body or the appetite. A body . . . pampered for corruption."
Dr. T. Dwight.
2. To gratify inordinately; to indulge to excess; as, to pamper pride; to pamper the imagination.
Pam"pered (?), a. Fed luxuriously; indulged to the full; hence, luxuriant. Pampered boughs." Milton. Pampered insolence." Pope. -- Pam"pered*ness, n.
Pam"per*er (?), n. One who, or that which, pampers.
Pam"per*ize (?), v. t. To pamper. [R.]
Pam*pe"ro (?), n.[Sp., fr. pampa a plain.] A violent wind from the west or southwest, which sweeps over the pampas of South America and the adjacent seas, often doing great damage.
Sir W. Parish.
Pam*pe"ros (?), n. pl.; sing. Pampero (). [Sp. American.] (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians inhabiting the pampas of South America.
Pam"phlet (?), n. [OE. pamflet, pamfilet, paunflet, possibly fr. OF. palme the palm of the hand, F. paume (see Palm) + OF. fueillet a leaf, dim. of fueil, m., F. feuille, f., fr. L. folium, pl. folia, thus meaning, a leaf to be held in the hand; or perh. through old French, fr. L. Pamphila, a female historian of the first century who wrote many epitomes; prob., however, fr. OF. Pamflette, the Old French name given to Pamphilus, a poem in Latin verse of the 12th century, pamphlets being named from the popularity of this poem.]
1. A writing; a book.
Testament of love.
Sir Thomas More in his pamphlet of Richard the Third.
2. A small book consisting of a few sheets of printed paper, stitched together, often with a paper cover, but not bound; a short essay or written discussion, usually on a subject of current interest.