Palm is a frequent rendering of the Hebrew כִּŠ, kaph, properly something curved or hollow, and hence the interior of the hand. It is used as a general word for the hand, both in literal and figurative expressions, e.g. Ezra 21:16; 1Sa 4:3, as well as for the palms only, as Le 18:26; Da 10:10. It is also applied, like the Latin palma, to the branches of the palm-tree, from their curved form; as Le 23:40. But the palm-tree is denoted in Hebrew by the word tamar, תָּמָר, from a root meaning to stand erect (Joe 1:12; Song 7:9; Ex 15:27), and by the word תֹּמֶר, tomer, from the same root. SEE HAND; SEE PALM-TREE.

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