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 for palm
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Palm \Palm\, n. [AS. palm, L. palma; -- so named fr. the leaf
     resembling a hand. See 1st Palm, and cf. Pam.]
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     1. (Bot.) Any endogenous tree of the order Palm[ae] or
        Palmace[ae]; a palm tree.
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     Note: Palms are perennial woody plants, often of majestic
           size. The trunk is usually erect and rarely branched,
           and has a roughened exterior composed of the persistent
           bases of the leaf stalks. The leaves are borne in a
           terminal crown, and are supported on stout, sheathing,
           often prickly, petioles. They are usually of great
           size, and are either pinnately or palmately many-cleft.
           There are about one thousand species known, nearly all
           of them growing in tropical or semitropical regions.
           The wood, petioles, leaves, sap, and fruit of many
           species are invaluable in the arts and in domestic
           economy. Among the best known are the date palm, the
           cocoa palm, the fan palm, the oil palm, the wax palm,
           the palmyra, and the various kinds called cabbage palm
           and palmetto.
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     2. A branch or leaf of the palm, anciently borne or worn as a
        symbol of victory or rejoicing.
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              A great multitude . . . stood before the throne, and
              before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palme
              in their hands.                       --Rev. vii. 9.
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     3. Hence: Any symbol or token of superiority, success, or
        triumph; also, victory; triumph; supremacy. "The palm of
        martyrdom." --Chaucer.
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              So get the start of the majestic world
              And bear the palm alone.              --Shak.
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     Molucca palm (Bot.), a labiate herb from Asia ({Molucella
        l[ae]vis), having a curious cup-shaped calyx.
  
     Palm cabbage, the terminal bud of a cabbage palm, used as
        food.
  
     Palm cat (Zool.), the common paradoxure.
  
     Palm crab (Zool.), the purse crab.
  
     Palm oil, a vegetable oil, obtained from the fruit of
        several species of palms, as the African oil palm
        ({El[ae]is Guineensis), and used in the manufacture of
        soap and candles. See El[ae]is.
  
     Palm+swift+(Zool.),+a+small+swift+({Cypselus+Batassiensis">Palm swift (Zool.), a small swift ({Cypselus Batassiensis)
        which frequents the palmyra and cocoanut palms in India.
        Its peculiar nest is attached to the leaf of the palmyra
        palm.
  
     Palm toddy. Same as Palm wine.
  
     Palm weevil (Zool.), any one of mumerous species of very
        large weevils of the genus Rhynchophorus. The larv[ae]
        bore into palm trees, and are called palm borers, and
        grugru worms. They are considered excellent food.
  
     Palm wine, the sap of several species of palms, especially,
        in India, of the wild date palm ({Ph[oe]nix sylvestrix),
        the palmyra, and the Caryota urens. When fermented it
        yields by distillation arrack, and by evaporation jaggery.
        Called also palm toddy.
  
     Palm worm, or Palmworm. (Zool.)
        (a) The larva of a palm weevil.
        (b) A centipede.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  palm \palm\ (p[aum]m), n. [OE. paume, F. paume, L. palma, Gr.
     pala`mh, akin to Skr. p[=a][.n]i hand, and E. fumble. See
     Fumble, Feel, and cf. 2d Palm.]
     1. (Anat.) The inner and somewhat concave part of the hand
        between the bases of the fingers and the wrist.
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              Clench'd her fingers till they bit the palm.
                                                    --Tennyson.
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     2. A lineal measure equal either to the breadth of the hand
        or to its length from the wrist to the ends of the
        fingers; a hand; -- used in measuring a horse's height.
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     Note: In Greece, the palm was reckoned at three inches. The
           Romans adopted two measures of this name, the lesser
           palm of 2.91 inches, and the greater palm of 8.73
           inches. At the present day, this measure varies in the
           most arbitrary manner, being different in each country,
           and occasionally varying in the same. --Internat. Cyc.
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     3. (Sailmaking) A metallic disk, attached to a strap, and
        worn on the palm of the hand, -- used to push the needle
        through the canvas, in sewing sails, etc.
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     4. (Zool.) The broad flattened part of an antler, as of a
        full-grown fallow deer; -- so called as resembling the
        palm of the hand with its protruding fingers.
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     5. (Naut.) The flat inner face of an anchor fluke.
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     to grease the palm of, v. t. To bribe or tip. [Slang]
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Palm \Palm\ (p[aum]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Palmed (p[aum]md);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Palming.]
     1. To handle. [Obs.] --Prior.
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     2. To manipulate with, or conceal in, the palm of the hand;
        to juggle.
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              They palmed the trick that lost the game. --Prior.
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     3. Hence: To take (something small) stealthily, especially by
        concealing it in the palm of the hand; as, he palmed one
        of the coins and walked out with it.
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     4. To impose by fraud, as by sleight of hand; to put by
        unfair means; -- usually with on or upon; as, to palm a
        stolen coin on an unsuspecting dealer. See also palm
        off.
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              For you may palm upon us new for old. --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  palm
      n 1: the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of
           the fingers [syn: palm, thenar]
      2: a linear unit based on the length or width of the human hand
      3: any plant of the family Palmae having an unbranched trunk
         crowned by large pinnate or palmate leaves [syn: palm,
         palm tree]
      4: an award for winning a championship or commemorating some
         other event [syn: decoration, laurel wreath, medal,
         medallion, palm, ribbon]
      v 1: touch, lift, or hold with the hands; "Don't handle the
           merchandise" [syn: handle, palm]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  168 Moby Thesaurus words for "palm":
     Old Mug, abstract, acme, acquire, and, annex, appropriate,
     authority, authorization, bag, bays, be-all and end-all,
     blue ribbon, boost, borrow, catch up, championship, chaplet,
     civic crown, claim, clap hands on, clasp, claw, claws, clench,
     clinch, clutch, clutches, come in contact, command, control, cop,
     crib, crown, cup, defraud, digits, directorship, dominion,
     drain off, draw off, effectiveness, embezzle, embrace, extort,
     fangs, feel, feel of, filch, finger, fingernails, fingers,
     first place, first prize, flick, garland, get, get hold of,
     glom on to, grab, grab hold of, grapple, grasp, grip, gripe,
     handle, hands, headship, hegemony, height, highest, hook, hooks,
     hug, imperium, influence, jaws, jurisdiction, kingship, laurel,
     laurels, lay hands on, lay hold of, leadership, lift, loot,
     lordship, loving cup, make off with, management, mandibles,
     manipulate, mastership, mastery, maxillae, maximum, meathooks,
     mitts, most, nail, nails, ne plus ultra, new high, nip, nip up,
     nippers, palms, palpate, paramountcy, partake, pass off, paw,
     pilfer, pillage, pincers, pinch, ply, poach, pocket, poke at,
     possess, pot, pounces, power, presidency, primacy, prod, purloin,
     receive, record, rule, run away with, rustle, say, scrounge, seize,
     shoplift, snap up, snare, snatch, snitch, sovereignty, steal,
     supremacy, sway, swindle, swipe, take, take by assault,
     take by storm, take hold of, take possession, talons, tap, teeth,
     thieve, thumb, top spot, touch, trophy, twiddle, unguals, ungulae,
     walk off with, whip up, wield, wreath, zenith
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  PALM, n.  A species of tree having several varieties, of which the
  familiar "itching palm" (_Palma hominis_) is most widely distributed
  and sedulously cultivated.  This noble vegetable exudes a kind of
  invisible gum, which may be detected by applying to the bark a piece
  of gold or silver.  The metal will adhere with remarkable tenacity. 
  The fruit of the itching palm is so bitter and unsatisfying that a
  considerable percentage of it is sometimes given away in what are known
  as "benefactions."
  

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