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Definition of Palm

  PALM   noun
A species of tree having several varieties, of which the familiar 'itching palm' (Palma hominis) is most widely distributed and sedulously cultivated.  This noble vegetable exudes a kind of invisible gum, which may be detected by applying to the bark a piece of gold or silver.  The metal will adhere with remarkable tenacity. The fruit of the itching palm is so bitter and unsatisfying that a considerable percentage of it is sometimes given away in what are known as 'benefactions.'

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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