A public place in ancient Greece for training and practice in wrestling and other athletics.
In ancient Greece, a public place for exercise in wrestling and athletics.
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Origin of palestra
- Middle English palestre from Old French from Latin palaestra from Greek palaistra from palaiein to wrestle
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition