palmyra

noun
pal·my·ra | \pal-ˈmī-rə \

Definition of palmyra 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a tall fan-leaved palm (Borassus flabellifer) of India cultivated for its hard resistant wood, fiber, and sugar-rich sap

called also palmyra palm

Palmyra

geographical name
Pal·my·ra | \pal-ˈmī-rə \
variants: or biblical Tadmor \ˈtad-ˌmȯr \

Definition of Palmyra (Entry 2 of 2)

ancient city of Syria on the northern edge of the Syrian Desert northeast of Damascus

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Geographical name

Palmyrene \ˌpal-mə-ˈrēn, -mī- \ adjective or noun

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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, "In Sri Lanka, Barriers Fall in a Land Marred by Bloodshed," 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, "In Sri Lanka, Barriers Fall in a Land Marred by Bloodshed," 2 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of palmyra

Noun

1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for palmyra

Noun

Portuguese palmeira, from palma palm, from Latin

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