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[pee-truh, pe-] /ˈpi trə, ˈpɛ-/
an ancient city in SW Jordan: ruined structures carved out of varicolored stratified rock; capital of the Nabataeans and Edomites.


[nab-uh-tee-uh] /ˌnæb əˈti ə/
an ancient Arab kingdom of SW Asia, in the area of present-day Jordan, that became a Roman province in a.d. 106.
Capital: Petra. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Petra erat Christus, whence gush forth those waters springing up unto eternal life.

    The Miraculous Medal Jean Marie Aladel
  • He reported that thirty more Arabs had arrived at Petra, half-an-hour after our starting.

  • It is very destitute of vegetation, and this is especially the case with the country about Mount Hor, and Petra.

    Letters from Palestine J. D. Paxton
  • Those that induced the rest to do so, were such as inhabited Gobolitis and Petra.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
  • Hidden away in the rocky gorges of Edom, Petra is one of the strangest and most marvelous cities of the world.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
British Dictionary definitions for Petra


/ˈpɛtrə; ˈpiːtrə/
an ancient city in the south of present-day Jordan; capital of the Nabataean kingdom
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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