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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Palmyra was attacked by ISIS forces on Thursday and a major Roman theater was destroyed in the city.
Image Credit: Bryan Denton/New York Times Syrian soldiers at the Temple of Bel in Palmyra in March 2014 Image Credit: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times Burlap hoods on the floor of the Roman amphitheater, where the Islamic State group staged a mass execution.
Provinces, SANA -- It isn't the first time that Palmyra with its civilization and history triumphs over darkness; throughout history, the ancient city of Palmyra withstood tyrants and invaders and rose time and again as a beacon of culture and a living testament to human history.
Summary: The Syrian Arab army finally retook the historic city of Palmyra on March 27, after 10 months under control of the Daesh (ISIS).
UNESCO has sent a Rapid Assessment Mission to the world Heritage site of Palmyra (Arab Syrian Republic), led by the Director of the World Heritage Centre, from 24 to 26 April 2016.