Found 2 items, similar to Diospyros Lotus.
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Definition: Diospyros lotus
n : an Asiatic persimmon tree cultivated for its small yellow or
purplish-black edible fruit much valued by Afghan tribes
[syn: date plum
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Definition: Diospyros Lotus
(l[=o]"t[u^]s), n. [L. lotus, Gr. lwto`s. Cf.
(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
, 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
), 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
, a small tree (Diospyros Lotus
Southern Europe and Asia; also, its rather large bluish
black berry, which is called also the date plum
2. (Arch.) An ornament much used in Egyptian architecture,
generally asserted to have been suggested by the Egyptian
, 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.
Note: This fruit is somewhat in the shape of an olive,
containing a soft pulp, sweet, esculent, and wholesome,
and inclosing a hard kernel.
, or Date tree
(Bot.), the genus of palms which
bear dates, of which common species is Ph[oe]nix dactylifera
. See Illust.
(Bot.), the fruit of several species of
, including the American and Japanese
persimmons, and the European lotus (Diospyros Lotus
, or Date fish
(Zo["o]l.), a bivalve shell, or
its inhabitant, of the genus Pholas
, and allied genera.