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Feb 28, 2014
This week's theme
Words derived from hand

This week's words
manumit
chiral
handsel
mano a mano
palmer

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palmer

PRONUNCIATION:
(PAH-muhr)

MEANING:
noun:1. A pilgrim.
 2. An itinerant monk.
 3. One who conceals a card or another object in a magic trick or in cheating in a game.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin palma (palm tree, palm of the hand). The name of the palm tree derives from the resemblance of the shape of its frond to the palm of a hand. In Medieval Europe, a pilgrim brought back a palm branch as a token of his pilgrimage. Earliest documented use: 1300. Also see palmy & palmary.

USAGE:
"For the profane palmer the tour might indeed have been little more than a grand debauch, but for a devoted pilgrim like Jefferson it was something more."
Michael Knox Beran; Jefferson's Demons; Free Press; 2003.

"That was magic -- not the apparent magic of the silk-hatted card-palmer, or the bold, brute trickery of the escape artist, but the genuine magic of art."
Michael Chabon; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay; Random House; 2000.

See more usage examples of palmer in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second. -John Steinbeck, novelist, Nobel laureate (1902-1968)

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