date plum
Lotus Lo"tus (l[=o]"t[u^]s), n. [L. lotus, Gr. lwto`s. Cf. {Lote}.] 1. (Bot.) (a) A name of several kinds of water lilies; as {Nelumbium speciosum}, used in religious ceremonies, anciently in Egypt, and to this day in Asia; {Nelumbium luteum}, the American lotus; and {Nymph[ae]a Lotus} and {Nymph[ae]a c[ae]rulea}, the respectively white-flowered and blue-flowered lotus of modern Egypt, which, with {Nelumbium speciosum}, are figured on its ancient monuments. (b) The lotus of the lotuseaters, probably a tree found in Northern Africa, Sicily, Portugal, and Spain ({Zizyphus Lotus}), the fruit of which is mildly sweet. It was fabled by the ancients to make strangers who ate of it forget their native country, or lose all desire to return to it. (c) The lote, or nettle tree. See {Lote}. (d) A genus ({Lotus}) of leguminous plants much resembling clover. [Written also {lotos}.] [1913 Webster]

{European lotus}, a small tree ({Diospyros Lotus}) of Southern Europe and Asia; also, its rather large bluish black berry, which is called also the {date plum}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Arch.) An ornament much used in Egyptian architecture, generally asserted to have been suggested by the Egyptian water lily. [1913 Webster]


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  • Date plum — Plum Plum, n. [AS. pl[=u]me, fr. L. prunum; akin to Gr. ?, ?. Cf. {Prune} a dried plum.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) The edible drupaceous fruit of the {Prunus domestica}, and of several other species of {Prunus}; also, the tree itself, usually… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Date-plum — Botanical details of buds, flowers and fruit Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae …   Wikipedia

  • Date plum — Date Date, n.[F. datte, L. dactylus, fr. Gr. ?, prob. not the same word as da ktylos finger, but of Semitic origin.] (Bot.) The fruit of the date palm; also, the date palm itself. [1913 Webster] Note: This fruit is somewhat in the shape of an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • date plum — noun an Asiatic persimmon tree cultivated for its small yellow or purplish black edible fruit much valued by Afghan tribes • Syn: ↑Diospyros lotus • Hypernyms: ↑persimmon, ↑persimmon tree * * * noun : persimmon; …   Useful english dictionary

  • date-plum — kaukazinis juodmedis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Juodmedinių šeimos medieninis, vaisinis augalas (Diospyros lotus), paplitęs Azijoje. Naudojamas gėrimams gaminti, iš jo gaunamas kaučiukas. atitikmenys: lot. Diospyros lotus angl. date… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • date plum — /ˈdeɪt plʌm/ (say dayt plum) noun a small tree from China and the Himalayan region, Diospyros lotus, family Ebenaceae, having small yellow or bluish fruit …   Australian English dictionary

  • Plum — Plum, n. [AS. pl[=u]me, fr. L. prunum; akin to Gr. ?, ?. Cf. {Prune} a dried plum.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) The edible drupaceous fruit of the {Prunus domestica}, and of several other species of {Prunus}; also, the tree itself, usually called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plum bird — Plum Plum, n. [AS. pl[=u]me, fr. L. prunum; akin to Gr. ?, ?. Cf. {Prune} a dried plum.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) The edible drupaceous fruit of the {Prunus domestica}, and of several other species of {Prunus}; also, the tree itself, usually… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plum budder — Plum Plum, n. [AS. pl[=u]me, fr. L. prunum; akin to Gr. ?, ?. Cf. {Prune} a dried plum.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) The edible drupaceous fruit of the {Prunus domestica}, and of several other species of {Prunus}; also, the tree itself, usually… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plum curculio — Plum Plum, n. [AS. pl[=u]me, fr. L. prunum; akin to Gr. ?, ?. Cf. {Prune} a dried plum.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) The edible drupaceous fruit of the {Prunus domestica}, and of several other species of {Prunus}; also, the tree itself, usually… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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