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Palmar and palmate

Tom Parker tparker at lacsd.org
Fri May 22 10:42:56 EST 1998


Geoff Read wrote:
>[Millard Davis wrote]
> > So skip the five fingers and think of the main
> > veins, however many, as stemming mutually from the hand's union with the
> > wrist.
> 
> My authority was William T Stearn's 'Botanical Latin,' which I believe
> probably outranks Millard's authorities. :-)

Greetings:

- From Jaeger's Biological Names and Terms: 

Latin: palma= the palm of the hand, sometimes in the sense of broad as
in palmipes for broad footed; palmatus, marked like the palm of the
hand; palmaris, pertaining to the palm of the hand. Examples:
Palmasterias and Palmacystes (Echinoderms).  

However in Greek: palmos= a quivering motion, pulsation. Examples
Palmaella, palmiste for a palm dweller, Palmista (a mammal).

bye for now,

Tom Parker
tparker at lacsd.org

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