pal·​my·​ra | \ pal-ˈmī-rə How to pronounce palmyra (audio) \

Definition of palmyra

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

called also palmyra palm


geographical name
Pal·​my·​ra | \ pal-ˈmī-rə How to pronounce Palmyra (audio) \
variants: or biblical Tadmor \ ˈtad-​ˌmȯr How to pronounce Tadmor (audio) \

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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Palmyrene \ ˌpal-​mə-​ˈrēn How to pronounce Palmyrene (audio) , -​mī-​ \ adjective or noun

Examples of palmyra in a Sentence

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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


1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for palmyra


Portuguese palmeira, from palma palm, from Latin

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