[pah-muh-stree] /ˈpɑ mə stri/

the art or practice of telling fortunes and interpreting character from the lines and configurations of the palm of a person’s hand.
the process or art of interpreting character, telling fortunes, etc, by the configuration of lines, marks, and bumps on a person’s hand Also called chiromancy

“divination from the palm of the hand,” early 15c., from palme (see palm (n.1)) + obscure second element, perhaps -estre (as in Middle English webbestre “weaver”) or -rie (as in Middle English archerie “archery”). Palmist (n.) is an 1886 back-formation.


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