[palmee] (c.1200)

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[palmee] (c.1200)

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[ FEW: 7,509a palma 1; Gdf: 6,45b paumee; GdfC: ; TL: 7,498 paumée 1; DEAF:  paume (paumee 2); DMF:  paumée; TLF:  paume (paumée); OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: 2089b palmare ]
paumé,  paumee  

The DMLBS notes the use of the p.ppl. of palmare as sb.f. meaning ‘slap of blow given with the flat of the hand’. The sense of ‘span’ is one of the uses of palma (DMBLS 2088a). If this is their etymology, it may be that the forms in the citations under ‘span’ should be read as having unaccented final vowels.


1lengthunitspan, width of a palm
( c.1200; MS: s.xivin )  Pres deuz espaumés de lungur, E pleine paumé out de laur  892
( s.xivin; MS: 1382 )  Poyn, poucere et paumee (M.E. spanne)  63
( s.xiv1; MS: s.xivm )  si avera la mesure de un palmé, altresi bien en longeure com en laeure  56
2slap, blow given with the palm of the hand
( 1260-70; MS: s.xiv1 )  Une paumé la duna: Desur le doors le feri pur juer  6176
( MS: s.xiv1/3 )  De fole pense[e] vent fole paume[e]  426.9
palme#1  palmer#2  palmoire  palmoier 
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