I’m with bartleby taco: ‘hands’ generally is unbeatable for “hands”. In a particular context, where some flowery specification is called for, that context would generate the parameters for the embedded descriptor.
After lunch I was reclining in a low chair trying to read. Suddenly two deft little hands were over my eyes: she had crept up from behind as if re-acting, in a ballet sequence, my morning maneuver. Her fingers were a luminous crimson as they tried to blot out the sun, and she uttered hiccups of laughter and jerked this way and that as I stretched my arms sideways and backwards without otherwise changing my reclining position.
I considered it wiser not to criticize the thing in front of Lo: she was so healthily engrossed in “problems of expression,” and so charmingly did she put her narrow Florentine hands together and batting her eyelashes and pleading with me not to come to rehearsals[.]
Somewhere beyond Bill’s shack an afterwork radio had begun singing of folly and fate, and there she was with her ruined looks and her adult, rope-veined narrow hands, and her gooseflesh white arms, and her shallow ears, and her unkempt armpits, [. . .]–and I looked and looked at her, and knew as clearly as I know I am to die, that I loved her more than anything I had ever seen or imagined on earth, or hoped for anywhere else.
They led her up to the table amid laughing and joking and she put her hand out in the air as she was told to do. She moved her hand about here and there in the air and descended on one of the saucers. She felt a soft wet substance with her fingers and was surprised that nobody spoke or took off her bandage.
“The appendages at end of human arm, being the terminal, prehensile part of the upper limb in humans and other primates, consisting of the wrist, metacarpal area, fingers, and thumb, as well as the corresponding part of the forelimb in any of the higher vertebrates, as well as something resembling a hand in shape or function, as various types of pointers: the hands of a clock.”