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This week's theme: Words from the plant kingdom
palmy (PAH-mee) adjective
1. Abounding in palm trees.
[From Latin palma (palm tree).]
The term palmy is usually used to refer to a time in the past. The name of the palm tree derives from the resemblance of the shape of its frond to the palm of a hand. Why the association of palm with prosperity? The fronds of the palm tree were carried as symbols of victory in ancient times. There is a related term, palmary, meaning outstanding or praiseworthy.
"Below, the oceanfront mansion in East Hampton, N.Y., bought in
his palmy days." (photo caption)
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