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  1. an ancient city in central Syria, NE of Damascus: reputedly built by Solomon.
Biblical name Tadmor.
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  • Faith, what I am inclined to think is, that the guilty person is that Aunt Palmyra.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • Aunt Palmyra was knocking repeatedly at Nichoune's door, but there was no response.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • Aunt Palmyra watched him smiling: she winked and jogged his elbow.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • In Thebes, in Palmyra, his will and mind have become old and dilapidated as they.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • It was the Palmyra of things eatable, and a sad and melancholy sight to gaze on.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for palmyra


  1. 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 palm ²); perhaps influenced by Palmyra, city in Syria


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