Palm vs Chiromancy - What's the difference?

palm | chiromancy |

As a proper noun palm

is .

As a noun chiromancy is

divination performed by examining the lines in the palms.



(wikipedia palm)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) palme, from (etyl) palm, .


(en noun)
  • Any of various evergreen trees from the family Palmae'' or ''Arecaceae , which are mainly found in the tropics.
  • A branch or leaf of the palm, anciently borne or worn as a symbol of victory or rejoicing.
  • * Bible, Revelations vii. 9
  • A great multitude stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.
    * (tropical tree) palm tree
    Derived terms
    * coconut palm * date palm * palmate * palmist * palmistry * Palm Sunday

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) palme, paume, from (etyl) palme, paulme, .


    (en noun)
  • The inner and somewhat concave part of the human hand that extends from the wrist to the bases of the fingers.
  • * Tennyson
  • Clench'd her fingers till they bit the palm .
  • * 1990 October 28, , Warner Bros.
  • The open palm of desire wants everything.
  • The corresponding part of the forefoot of a lower mammal.
  • A linear 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.
  • (sailmaking) A metallic disk attached to a strap and worn in the palm of the hand; used to push the needle through the canvas, in sewing sails, etc.
  • 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.
  • (nautical) The flat inner face of an anchor fluke.
  • Synonyms
    * (flat of the hand) (l)
    * (hand) hardel
    Derived terms
    * cross someone's palm * grease someone's palm * itchy palm


    (en verb)
  • To hold or conceal something in the palm of the hand, e.g, for an act of sleight of hand or to steal something.
  • To hold something without bending the fingers significantly.
  • To move something with the palm of the hand.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 28 , author=Marc Vesty , title=Stoke 0 - 2 Fulham , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The home side's goalkeeper Asmir Begovic managed to palm the drive on to the post but the sheer pace of the shot forced the ball into the net.}}
    Derived terms
    * palm off

    See also

    * * * (Arecaceae) * (hand) * (Personal digital assistant)


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    Alternative forms

    * Early modern English: cheiromancy, chiromancie, chyromancia, chyromancie, chyromancy


  • Divination performed by examining the lines in the palms.
  • * 1620 J. Melton Astrologaster
  • If they fore-tell things that shall happen by signes that they see in lines of a mans hand; then it is called Chyromancie...
  • * 1995 C. Walker Encyc. Secret Knowledge
  • Modern palmistry differs from the ancient methods in concentrating on what is called chirognomy at the expense of chiromancy .


    * palmistry

    Derived terms

    * chiromancer * chiromantic * chiromantical