(Pal*mit"ic) a. (Physiol. Chem.) Pertaining to, or obtained from, palmitin or palm oil; as, palmitic
acid, a white crystalline body belonging to the fatty acid series. It is readily soluble in hot alcohol, and
melts to a liquid oil at 62° C.
(Pal"mi*tin) n. [So called because abundant in palm oil.] (Physiol. Chem.) A solid crystallizable
fat, found abundantly in animals and in vegetables. It occurs mixed with stearin and olein in the fat of
animal tissues, with olein and butyrin in butter, with olein in olive oil, etc. Chemically, it is a glyceride of
palmitic acid, three molecules of palmitic acid being united to one molecule of glyceryl, and hence it is
technically called tripalmitin, or glyceryl tripalmitate.
(Pal`mi*tol"ic) a. [Palmitic + -oleic + ic.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, an artificial
acid of the oleic acid series, isomeric with linoleic acid.
(Pal"mi*tone) n. (Chem.) The ketone of palmitic acid.
(Palm" Sun`day) (Eccl.) The Sunday next before Easter; so called in commemoration of
our Savior's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when the multitude strewed palm branches in the way.
1. Bearing palms; abounding in palms; derived from palms; as, a palmy shore. Pope.
His golden sands and palmy wine.Goldsmith.
2. Worthy of the palm; flourishing; prosperous.
In the most high and palmy state of Rome.Shak.
(Pal*my"ra) n. (Bot.) A species of palm (Borassus flabelliformis) having a straight, black, upright
trunk, with palmate leaves. It is found native along the entire northern shores of the Indian Ocean, from
the mouth of the Tigris to New Guinea. More than eight hundred uses to which it is put are enumerated
by native writers. Its wood is largely used for building purposes; its fruit and roots serve for food, its sap
for making toddy, and its leaves for thatching huts.
(Pa*lo"la) n. [Fr. the native name.] (Zoöl.) An annelid (Palola viridis) which, at certain seasons
of the year, swarms at the surface of the sea about some of the Pacific Islands, where it is collected for
(||Pa`lo*me"ta) n. (Zoöl.) A pompano.
(Palp) n. [Cf. F. palpe. See Palpable.] (Zoöl.) Same as Palpus.
(Palp), v. t. [L. palpare: cf. F. palper.] To have a distinct touch or feeling of; to feel. [Obs.]
To bring a palpèd darkness o'er the earth.Heywood.
(Pal`pa*bil"i*ty) n. The quality of being palpable, or perceptible by the touch. Arbuthnot.
(Pal"pa*ble) a. [F. palpable, L. palpabilis, fr. palpare to feel, stroke; cf. palpus the soft palm
of the hand.]
1. Capable of being touched and felt; perceptible by the touch; as, a palpable form. Shak.
Darkness must overshadow all his bounds,Milton.