Palm tree of the genus Phoenix. The female tree produces the fruit, dates, in bunches weighing 9–11 kg/20–25 lb. Dates are an important source of food in the Middle East, being rich in sugar; they are dried for export. The tree also supplies timber, and materials for baskets, rope, and animal feed.
The most important species is P. dactylifera; native to N Africa, SW Asia, and parts of India, it grows up to 25 m/80 ft high. A single bunch can contain as many as 1,000 dates. Their juice is made into a kind of wine.
1. A meeting arranged in advance; especially, an excursion planned or taken by two lovers; SYN. appointment, engagement.
2. A participant in a date; SYN. escort, girl friend, boy friend, lover.
3. A particular but unspecified point in time.
4. The present.
5. A particular day specified as the time something will happen.
6. The specified day of the month; SYN. day of the month.
7. The particular year (usually according to the Gregorian calendar) that an event occurred.
8. Sweet edible fruit of the date palm with a single long woody seed.
1. To assign a date to; determine the (probable) date of.
2. To stamp with a date, as of a postmark; SYN. date stamp.
3. To provide with a dateline; mark with a date.
4. To go on a date with.