palmyra definition by Webster's New World
a fan palm (Borassus flabellifer) grown in India, Sri Lanka, and tropical Africa for its durable wood, its edible fruits, its leaves used for thatching, etc.
Origin: altered (after Palmyra) ; from Portuguese palmeira ; from palma ; from Classical Latin palm
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ancient city in central Syria, northeast of Damascus: now the site of a village
palmyra definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A tall dioecious palm (Borassus flabellifer) of tropical Africa and Asia that has large fanlike leaves. Also called palmyra palm.
Origin: Alteration (influenced by Palmyra) of Portuguese palmeira, from palma, palm tree, from Latin; see palm2.
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 A.D. 273.