One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chiefly Palmistry. The creases or wrinkles running across the wrist at the base of the palm.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From Middle French rachette palm of the hand, carpus, sole of the foot, tarsus, Middle French rascette, rassette (in palmistry) the creases at the base of the palm and the wrist and its etymon post-classical Latin racheta, rasceta, raseta, rasetta wrist, ankle from rasca + -eta, -etta.
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