date plum


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Plum \Plum\, n. [AS. pl[=u]me, fr. L. prunum; akin to Gr. ?, ?.
   Cf. Prune a dried plum.]
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   1. (Bot.) The edible drupaceous fruit of the {Prunus
      domestica}, and of several other species of Prunus;
      also, the tree itself, usually called plum tree.
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            The bullace, the damson, and the numerous varieties
            of plum, of our gardens, although growing into
            thornless trees, are believed to be varieties of the
            blackthorn, produced by long cultivation. --G.
                                                  Bentham.
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   Note: Two or three hundred varieties of plums derived from
         the Prunus domestica are described; among them the
         greengage, the Orleans, the purple gage, or
         Reine Claude Violette, and the German prune, are
         some of the best known.
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   Note: Among the true plums are;

   Beach plum, the Prunus maritima, and its crimson or
      purple globular drupes,

   Bullace plum. See Bullace.

   Chickasaw plum, the American Prunus Chicasa, and its
      round red drupes.

   Orleans plum, a dark reddish purple plum of medium size,
      much grown in England for sale in the markets.

   Wild plum of America, Prunus Americana, with red or
      yellow fruit, the original of the Iowa plum and several
      other varieties.
      [1913 Webster] Among plants called plum, but of other
      genera than Prunus, are;

   Australian plum, Cargillia arborea and {Cargillia
      australis}, of the same family with the persimmon.

   Blood plum, the West African H[ae]matostaphes Barteri.

   Cocoa plum, the Spanish nectarine. See under Nectarine.
      

   Date plum. See under Date.

   Gingerbread plum, the West African {Parinarium
      macrophyllum}.

   Gopher plum, the Ogeechee lime.

   Gray plum, Guinea plum. See under Guinea.

   Indian plum, several species of Flacourtia.
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   2. A grape dried in the sun; a raisin.
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   3. A handsome fortune or property; formerly, in cant
      language, the sum of [pounds]100,000 sterling; also, the
      person possessing it.
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   4. Something likened to a plum in desirableness; a good or
      choice thing of its kind, as among appointments,
      positions, parts of a book, etc.; as, the mayor rewarded
      his cronies with cushy plums, requiring little work for
      handsome pay
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   5. A color resembling that of a plum; a slightly grayish deep
      purple, varying somewhat in its red or blue tint.
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   Plum bird, Plum budder (Zool.), the European bullfinch.
      

   Plum gouger (Zool.), a weevil, or curculio ({Coccotorus
      scutellaris}), which destroys plums. It makes round holes
      in the pulp, for the reception of its eggs. The larva
      bores into the stone and eats the kernel.

   Plum weevil (Zool.), an American weevil which is very
      destructive to plums, nectarines, cherries, and many other
      stone fruits. It lays its eggs in crescent-shaped
      incisions made with its jaws. The larva lives upon the
      pulp around the stone. Called also turk, and {plum
      curculio}. See Illust. under Curculio.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.]
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   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.
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   2. (Arch.) An ornament much used in Egyptian architecture,
      generally asserted to have been suggested by the Egyptian
      water lily.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   Note: This fruit is somewhat in the shape of an olive,
         containing a soft pulp, sweet, esculent, and wholesome,
         and inclosing a hard kernel.
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   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 (Zool.), a bivalve shell, or its
      inhabitant, of the genus Pholas, and allied genera. See
      Pholas.
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