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[pee-truh, pe-]
  1. an ancient city in SW Jordan: ruined structures carved out of varicolored stratified rock; capital of the Nabataeans and Edomites.
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  1. 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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Historical Examples of petra

  • 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 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


  1. an ancient city in the south of present-day Jordan; capital of the Nabataean kingdom
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