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 of palmyraaltered (after Palmyra) ; from Portuguese palmeira ; from palma ; from Classical Latin palm
ancient city in central Syria, northeast of Damascus: now the site of a village
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.
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.