From Palma Christi, a name of the castor-oil plant (Ricinus communis) from which it is derived. See -ic.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for palmic acid in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)