Petra definition

pētrə, pĕtrə
(place) Ancient Edomite city in SW Jordan.
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An ancient ruined city of Edom in present-day southwest Jordan. It flourished as a trade center and the capital of Nabataea from the 4th century bc until its capture by the Romans in ad 106. The city was taken by Muslims in the 7th century and by Crusaders in the 12th century. The ruins of the “rose-red city” were discovered in 1812.
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A female given name.
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Stone, a weight equal to 14 pounds.
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An archeological site in Jordan, designated as World Heritage Site.
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Origin of petra

  • A feminine form of Peter, identical with Late Latin petra "stone"; came into regular use in the nineteenth century.

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  • From Greek πέτρα (rock)

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