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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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(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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Various water-courses filter through, toward the east, and work their way onward to flow into the Kingani, in the midst of gigantic clumps of sycamore, tamarind, calabash, and palmyra trees.
"We are of those who believe in those sacred writings, drawn in Egyptian letters on plates of beaten gold, which were handed unto the holy Joseph Smith at Palmyra. We have come from Nauvoo, in the State of Illinois, where we had founded our temple.
Its emblems and symbols have been found in the Catacombs of Paris and Rome, on the stones of the Parthenon and the Chinese Great Wall, among the temples of Karnak and Palmyra and in the Egyptian Pyramids -- always by a Freemason.
In Thebes, in Palmyra, his will and mind have become old and dilapidated as they.
I told you that they started together for South Africa in the Palmyra three weeks ago."
The spectator is apt to imagine that nature had formerly suffered some violent convulsion; and that these are the dismembered remains of the dreadful shock; the ruins, not of Persepolis or Palmyra, but of the world!
Palmyra, SANA- A foreign tourist group that comprises tourists from Britain, Australia and Norway, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand and Canada on Thursday visited the archaeological city of Tadmur (Palmyra).
Palmyra After Zenobia 273-750: An Archaeological and Historical Reappraisal
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army forces continued to break the ISIL defense lines in Eastern Homs and managed to recapture more regions near Palmyra and force the terrorists to retreat from several sites that they controlled since January.
Syrian musicians have been celebrating the liberation of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, a UNESCO world heritage site, from the Islamic State Group or ISIS, reports said Monday.
Palmyra's grand Roman amphitheatre, where Daesh staged a mass execution of local citizens.
Summary: The Syrian Arab army finally retook the historic city of Palmyra on March 27, after 10 months under control of the Daesh (ISIS).