from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of north-central Iraq on the Tigris River north-northwest of Baghdad. It was the capital of the Arabic Abbassid dynasty in the ninth century and is today a pilgrimage center for Shiite Muslims. Population: 158,000.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See simar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as simar.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • SAMARRA, IRAQ - A suicide bomber blew himself up Saturday near a crowd of Shiite pilgrims at a bus depot in the northern Iraqi city of Samarra, killing 38 people and wounding scores of others, police and officials said.

    Suicide bomber kills 38, wounds dozens in Iraq

  • SAMARRA - The Iraqi army found three Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims who were among a group of 12, including an Iraqi driver, kidnapped by gunmen in Samarra on Friday, Iraqi army officials said.


  • SAMARRA - The bodies of two police officials were found in Samarra.

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Counting the Dead

  • SAMARRA, Iraq AFP - A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a bus filled with Shiite pilgrims at a checkpoint outside the Iraqi city of Samarra on Saturday, killing at least 27 people, police sources said.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • SAMARRA, Iraq Reuters - A suicide bomber targeting Shi'ite pilgrims killed 28 people and wounded 24 near the Iraqi city of Samarra on Saturday, a police source said.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • I´m reminded of John O´Hara´s Appointment in Samarra as prologue to which he wrote (and I loosely quote):

    Moving Forwardly Backwardly

  • The married Army Airborne Ranger died while on patrol in Samarra, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee military vehicle.

    Justices refuse to hear case over protests at soldier funerals

  • Pvt. Sean P. McCune, 20, of Euless, Texas, died Jan. 11 in Samarra, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.

    All The Beating Drums, The Celebration Guns | ATTACKERMAN

  • N.H., died June 13 in Samarra City, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device that his explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team was acting to neutralize detonated.

    Gulf War II

  • Modesto, Calif., died March 7 in Samarra, Iraq, of wounds sustained in

    Gulf War II


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • A samara is a type of fruit in which a flattened wing of fibrous, papery tissue develops from the ovary wall. A samara is a simple dry fruit and indehiscent (not opening along a seam). It is a winged achene. The shape of a samara enables the wind to carry the seed farther away than regular seeds from the parent tree.

    * The seed can be in the centre of the wing, as in the elms (genus Ulmus) and the hoptree (Ptelea trifoliata).

    * The seed can be on one side, with the wing extending to the other side, making the seed autorotate as it falls, as in the maples (genus Acer) and ashes (genus Fraxinus).

    A samara is sometimes called a key and is often referred to as a whirlybird, helicopter, whirligig, polynose, or, in the north of England, a spinning jenny.

    Some species that normally produce double samaras, such as Acer pseudoplatanus, can also produce a few multi-lobed samaras with 3 or 4 seeds.

    November 5, 2011