Main definitions of palmyra in English

: palmyra1Palmyra2

palmyra1

noun

  • An Asian fan palm which yields a wide range of useful products, including timber, fiber, and fruit.

    Borassus flabellifer, family Palmae

    ‘The carving abounded in motifs from nature including swallows, hydrangeas, azaleas, geraniums, lilies, palmyras, and balloon vines.’
    • ‘The palmyra palm being the most useful of the species is widely grown in tropical coastal zones.’
    • ‘According to a dietician at the Hospital, fruits like watermelon, tender coconuts, palmyra, lime and cucumber are diuretic and hence play a vital role in eliminating body heat.’
    • ‘From the fan-shaped leaves to the root, the palmyra palm forms an intrinsic part of the life and cuisine of this region.’
    • ‘For commoners, it was umbrella hats made from palmyra or the dried leaf of arecanut palm conically folded like a conjurer's hat.’

Pronunciation

palmyra

/palˈmīrə/ /pælˈmaɪrə/

Origin

Late 17th century from Portuguese palmeira ‘palm tree’. The change in the ending was due to association with the name of the city of Palmyra.

Main definitions of Palmyra in English

: palmyra1Palmyra2

Palmyra2

proper noun

  • An ancient city of Syria, an oasis in the Syrian desert northeast of Damascus on the site of present-day Tadmur.

Pronunciation

Palmyra

/palˈmīrə/ /pælˈmaɪrə/

Origin

Greek form of the city's modern and ancient pre-Semitic name Tadmur or Tadmor, meaning ‘city of palms’.