Definition of Palmyra in English:

Palmyra

proper noun

  • An ancient city of Syria, an oasis in the Syrian desert north-east of Damascus on the site of present-day Tadmur.

    Tadmur

Origin

Greek form of the city's modern and ancient pre-Semitic name Tadmur or Tadmor, meaning ‘city of palms’.

Pronunciation:

Palmyra

/palˈmʌɪrə/

Definition of palmyra in English:

palmyra

noun

  • 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.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation:

palmyra

/palˈmʌɪrə/