[luh pahl-muh] /lə ˈpɑl mə/

a city in SW California.
/Spanish la ˈpalma/
an island in the N Atlantic, in the NW Canary Islands: administratively part of Spain. Chief town: Santa Cruz de la Palma. Pop: 85 547 (2002 est). Area: 725 sq km (280 sq miles)


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