134. Palmate, adjective. From Latin palma, “the palm of the hand,” a derivation of the proto-Indoeuropean root pela, “to spread flat.” In botany, of or relating to a leaf whose lobes fan out from a single common center. In zoology, the term is used, among other things, to describe antlers whose tines, or points, are connected by wide surfaces of bone rather than being separated into narrow fingers. Moose (Alces alces) have palmate antlers.
Each year they’re shed, then grow again: these new and necessary burdens.