- an ancient city in SW Jordan: ruined structures carved out of varicolored stratified rock; capital of the Nabataeans and Edomites.
- 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.
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A photo that Instagram did take down was one that Canadian artist Petra Collins posted of her lower half in a swimsuit.What’s More Obscene Than Rihanna’s Boobs? Instagram’s Kids With Guns
May 2, 2014
We pulled into the town of modern Petra late Wednesday afternoon, Jordanian time.
He launches into a flight of oratory on the past greatness of Petra.
I'm not suggesting that Petra needs to swing all the other way to the Walt Disney opposite extreme.
Still, the busload of Japanese tourists in our hotel all seemed to have signed up for the Petra by Night show.
Petra, I have called it; the word stands for many a town walled in as that one is.Things as They Are
He reported that thirty more Arabs had arrived at Petra, half-an-hour after our starting.Byeways in Palestine
Petra has been lost, and Pharsalia has been won, but there is no sign.The Life of Cicero
Those that induced the rest to do so, were such as inhabited Gobolitis and Petra.The Antiquities of the Jews
The supposed laver at Petra is to the south of the area of the high place.Archology and the Bible
George A. Barton
- an ancient city in the south of present-day Jordan; capital of the Nabataean kingdom
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