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also pa·laes·tra (pə-lĕs′trə)
n. pl. pa·les·trae (-trē) or pa·les·tras also pa·laes·trae or pa·laes·tras
A public place in ancient Greece for training and practice in wrestling and other athletics.

[Middle English palestre, from Old French, from Latin palaestra, from Greek palaistra, from palaiein, to wrestle.]

pa·les′tral, pa·les′tri·an adj.
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(pəˈlɛstrə; -ˈliː-)
n, pl -tras or -trae (-triː)
(Historical Terms) the usual US spelling of palaestra
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(pəˈlɛs trə)

n., pl. -tras, -trae (-trē).
(in ancient Greece) a building with a courtyard for training in wrestling and other sports, usu. part of a gymnasium.
[1375–1425; late Middle English palestre < Latin palaestra < Greek palaístra = palais-, variant s. of palaíein to wrestle + -tra suffix of place]
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palaestra, palestra

Ancient Greece. a public place for athletics or wrestling. — palaestric, palestric, adj.
See also: Athletics
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palestra - a public place in ancient Greece or Rome devoted to the training of wrestlers and other athletespalestra - a public place in ancient Greece or Rome devoted to the training of wrestlers and other athletes
athletic field, playing area, playing field, field - a piece of land prepared for playing a game; "the home crowd cheered when Princeton took the field"
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qui feros cultus hominum recentum / voce formasti catus et decorae / more palaestrae, o Mercury ...
Propertius describes how in the course of their palaestrae, Spartan adolescents play ball and drive the hoop: cure pila velocis fallit per bracchia iactus, / increpat et versi clavis adunca trochi ['when the ball makes invisible its lightning flight from hand to hand, and the hooked stick tings against the rolling hoop'].(2) While this parallels the passage from the Tristia, it resembles Gray even more closely.
40.274D), the Romans thought the gymnasia and palaestrae to be the most important factor in the `enslavement and softness' [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] of the Greeks, since they gave rise to `much ennui and idleness, mischief, pederasty, and the ruin of young men's bodies by sleep, strolling about, rhythmic exercises, and strict diets' [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].