Why the center of your hand shares a name with a tree

05/8/2013 | MentalFloss.com

Ancient Romans had a tradition of placing palm leaves in the hands of victors. As a result, the word "palm" became associated with the tree. This article explains the origins of several other body-part names that relate to animals, flowers and other items. The eye's pupil, for example, is a term that derives from the Latin word for "doll," because of the small image reflected when someone looks into another person's eye.

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