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- (also palm tree) an unbranched evergreen tree of tropical and warm regions, with a crown of very long feathered or fan-shaped leaves, and typically having old leaf scars forming a regular pattern on the trunk.
- Family Palmae (or Arecaceae): numerous genera and species, some of which are of great commercial importance, e.g. the oil palm, date palm, and coconut
Old English palm(a), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch palm and German Palme, from Latin palma 'palm (of a hand)', its leaf being likened to a spread hand