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1. An ancient city of central Syria northeast of Damascus. Said to have been built by Solomon, it prospered under the Romans until it was partially destroyed by the emperor Aurelian after a people's revolt in ad 273.
2. A city of western New York southeast of Rochester on the Erie Canal. Joseph Smith founded the Mormon Church here in 1830.


Any of several tall fan-leaved palm trees of the genus Borassus, especially B. flabellifer of tropical Asia, valued for its sweet sap. Also called palmyra palm.

[Alteration (influenced by Palmyra) of Portuguese palmeira, from palma, palm tree, from Latin; see palm2.]


1. (Placename) an ancient city in central Syria: said to have been built by Solomon. Biblical name: Tadmor
2. (Placename) an island in the central Pacific, in the Line Islands: under US administration


(Plants) a tall tropical Asian palm, Borassus flabellifer, with large fan-shaped leaves used for thatching and weaving; grown also for its edible seedlings
[C17: from Portuguese palmeira palm tree (see palm2); perhaps influenced by Palmyra, city in Syria]


(pælˈmaɪ rə)

an ancient city in central Syria, NE of Damascus: reputedly built by Solomon. Biblical name, Tadmor.
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Noun1.palmyra - tall fan palm of Africa and India and Malaysia yielding a hard wood and sweet sap that is a source of palm wine and sugar; leaves used for thatching and weaving
fan palm - palm having palmate or fan-shaped leaves
bassine - coarse leaf fiber from palmyra palms used in making brushes and brooms
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Israeli apache shot Iranian UAV At four o'clock in the morning, an Israeli Apache helicopter intercepted an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) originating from an airfield near Palmyra, Syria.
Destruction of the 2,000-yearold temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra, Syria, by Isis
Russia has requested from Iraq and Iran airspace permission for transporting cruise missiles into Syria Russian warplanes have been deployed to the Hamedan Air Base in western Iran and some of the 22 strategic TU-22M3 bombers have already carried out sorties against ISIS targets in Syria, Iran's Al-Masdar News reported Their deployment to Hamedan reduces by 60% the 2,150km flight distance from Russia's Modzok airfield to Palmyra, Syria to just 900km.
Manama, Aug 25 (BNA): Bahrain Foreign Affairs Ministry has condemned the barbaric act committed by "Daash" militants represented in the destruction of the renowned ancient Roman temple of Baal Shamin in Palmyra, Syria, stressing that this terrorist act is totally contrary to all human values, religious principles and is alien to the Islam.