Definition of palmer in English:

palmer

Line breaks: palm¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːmə
 
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noun

1 historical A pilgrim, especially one who had returned from the Holy Land with a palm branch or leaf as a sign of having undertaken the pilgrimage.
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  • As a palmer (pilgrim) turned hangman, Robin rescued three of his men.
  • This last deals with a debate between a Palmer (pilgrim), a Pardoner, an apothecary and a Pedlar.
1.1An itinerant monk travelling from shrine to shrine under a vow of poverty.
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  • In 1608 Edward Topsell, a naturalist, called them "Palmer" worms - so named after the "palmer", or wandering monk - because of their roving habits and ruggedness.
2A hairy artificial fly used in angling.
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  • Step 4: Tie in hackle and wind in palmer style to bend
  • Dressing a fly by winding the hackle the length of the body is mentioned in fly fishing books of the fifteenth century. It is called the palmer style of dressing.
  • The soldier palmer fly is like all palmered flies inasmuch as it has a thick body with a few or no tail fibres and no wings.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from medieval Latin palmarius 'pilgrim', from Latin palma 'palm'.

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