Date shell
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 olive, containing a soft pulp, sweet, esculent, and wholesome, and inclosing a hard kernel. [1913 Webster]

{Date palm}, or {Date tree} (Bot.), the genus of palms which bear dates, of which common species is {Ph[oe]nix dactylifera}. See Illust.

{Date plum} (Bot.), the fruit of several species of {Diospyros}, including the American and Japanese persimmons, and the European lotus ({Diospyros Lotus}).

{Date shell}, or {Date fish} (Zo["o]l.), a bivalve shell, or its inhabitant, of the genus {Pholas}, and allied genera. See {Pholas}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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