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[pal-mahy-ruh] /pælˈmaɪ rə/
an ancient city in central Syria, NE of Damascus: reputedly built by Solomon.
Biblical name Tadmor. Unabridged
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  • Let him go and intrench himself within the walls of Palmyra.

  • He had lived in Palmyra a few years previous to my going there from Rochester.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • In the Census Report, 1891, the division Karukku-mattai (petiole of the Palmyra leaf with serrated edges) was returned.

  • You were in Palmyra from the ides of January to the nones of February, and lived in a tavern.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • He has few friends in Palmyra, but among wild and dissolute spirits like himself.

    Zenobia William Ware
  • It has even less independent power than that of Palmyra had under Zenobia.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • So we were again soon within that graceful apartment, where I had first sat and tasted the hospitalities of Palmyra.

    Zenobia William Ware
  • Were the times, even at the worst, so full of horror in Palmyra as now here in Rome?

    Aurelian William Ware
  • While here she determined upon a statue of Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, and read much concerning her and her times.

    Lives of Girls Who Became Famous Sarah Knowles Bolton
British Dictionary definitions for Palmyra


a tall tropical Asian palm, Borassus flabellifer, with large fan-shaped leaves used for thatching and weaving; grown also for its edible seedlings
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese palmeira palm tree (see palm²); perhaps influenced by Palmyra, city in Syria


an ancient city in central Syria: said to have been built by Solomon Biblical name Tadmor
an island in the central Pacific, in the Line Islands: under US administration
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