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This week's theme: words from the plant kingdom.
palmy (PAH-mee) adjective
1. Abounding in palm trees.
2. Flourishing; prosperous.
[From Latin palma (palm tree).]
Today's word in Visual Thesaurus.
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.
-Anu Garg garg AT wordsmith.org
"Below, the oceanfront mansion in East Hampton, N.Y., bought in his palmy days." (photo caption) Eric Wilson; Decline And Fall of Helmut Lang; The New York Times; May 26, 2005.
If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers. -Irvin S. Cobb, author and journalist (1876-1944)
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