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[puh-les-truh] /pəˈlɛs trə/

noun, plural palestras, palestrae
[puh-les-tree] /pəˈlɛs tri/ (Show IPA). Greek Antiquity.
a public place for training or exercise in wrestling or athletics.
/pəˈlɛstrə; -ˈliː-/
noun (pl) -tras, -trae (-triː)
the usual US spelling of palaestra

early 15c., from Old French palestre (12c.), from Latin palaestra, from Greek palaistra “gymnasium, public place for exercise,” originally “wrestling school,” from palaiein “to wrestle” (of unknown origin) + -tra, suffix denoting place.


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