pal·​my·​ra pal-ˈmī-rə How to pronounce palmyra (audio)
: a tall fan-leaved palm (Borassus flabellifer) of India cultivated for its hard resistant wood, fiber, and sugar-rich sap

called also palmyra palm

Examples of palmyra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most popular natural fibers for deck scrubbers are tampico and palmyra. Lauren Corona,, 8 Oct. 2020 Pinterest Toddy with Peshawari Kabab Widely popular in the southern, eastern, and northeastern states of India, toddy is made from the sap of the coconut or palmyra tree. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, 16 June 2019 A marble frieze on the wall that encircled the statue showed columns of helmeted troops and tanks rolling past swamps and palmyra trees, the spiky palm indigenous to Sri Lanka’s far north. Joshua Hammer, New York Times, 2 Mar. 2016 On the inland side of the bridge, herons flew over tidal flats and islets covered with marsh grass, and palmyras swayed over the thick brush that grew along the shore. Joshua Hammer, New York Times, 2 Mar. 2016

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Word History


Portuguese palmeira, from palma palm, from Latin

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of palmyra was in 1698

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Cite this Entry

“Palmyra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Pal·​my·​ra pal-ˈmī-rə How to pronounce Palmyra (audio)
variants or biblical Tadmor
ancient city of Syria on the northern edge of the Syrian Desert northeast of Damascus
Palmyrene adjective or noun

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