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An ancient city of Syria, an oasis in the Syrian desert north-east of Damascus on the site of present-day Tadmur.→ Tadmur
Greek form of the city's modern and ancient pre-Semitic name Tadmur or Tadmor, meaning ‘city of palms’.
An Asian fan palm which yields a wide range of useful products, including timber, fibre, and fruit.
- ‘According to a dietician at the Hospital, fruits like watermelon, tender coconuts, palmyra, lime and cucumber are diuretic and hence play a vital role in eliminating body heat.’
- ‘The carving abounded in motifs from nature including swallows, hydrangeas, azaleas, geraniums, lilies, palmyras, and balloon vines.’
- ‘From the fan-shaped leaves to the root, the palmyra palm forms an intrinsic part of the life and cuisine of this region.’
- ‘For commoners, it was umbrella hats made from palmyra or the dried leaf of arecanut palm conically folded like a conjurer's hat.’
- ‘The palmyra palm being the most useful of the species is widely grown in tropical coastal zones.’
Late 17th century: from Portuguese palmeira palm tree. The change in the ending was due to association with the name of the city of Palmyra.
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