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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, I have called it; the word stands for many a town walled in as that one is.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • He reported that thirty more Arabs had arrived at Petra, half-an-hour after our starting.

  • Petra has been lost, and Pharsalia has been won, but there is no sign.

    The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • Those that induced the rest to do so, were such as inhabited Gobolitis and Petra.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
  • The supposed laver at Petra is to the south of the area of the high place.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
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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