Origin of palmyraaltered (after Palmyra) ; from Portuguese palmeira ; from palma ; from L, palm
Origin of palmyraAlteration (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 AD 273.
- A city of western New York southeast of Rochester on the Erie Canal. Joseph Smith founded the Mormon Church here in 1830.
- A palm, Borassus flabelliformis, with straight black upright trunk and palmate leaves, whose wood, fruit, and roots can be used for many purposes.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.