Petra

[pee-truh, pe-]
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noun

an ancient city in SW Jordan: ruined structures carved out of varicolored stratified rock; capital of the Nabataeans and Edomites.

Nabataea

[nab-uh-tee-uh]

noun

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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Examples from the Web for petra

Contemporary Examples of petra

  • A photo that Instagram did take down was one that Canadian artist Petra Collins posted of her lower half in a swimsuit.

  • We pulled into the town of modern Petra late Wednesday afternoon, Jordanian time.

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    Petra by Night

    David Frum

    January 3, 2013

  • He launches into a flight of oratory on the past greatness of Petra.

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    Petra by Night

    David Frum

    January 3, 2013

  • I'm not suggesting that Petra needs to swing all the other way to the Walt Disney opposite extreme.

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    Petra by Night

    David Frum

    January 3, 2013

  • Still, the busload of Japanese tourists in our hotel all seemed to have signed up for the Petra by Night show.

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    Petra by Night

    David Frum

    January 3, 2013

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

Petra

noun

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