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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.]
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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]
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an ancient city in central Syria, NE of Damascus: reputedly built by Solomon. Biblical name, Tadmor.
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|Noun||1.||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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