American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A palm (Hyphaene thebaica) native to the Nile Valley of northeast Africa and having oblong or ovoid fruits the size of an orange with a distinctive aroma and taste. Also called doum, gingerbread palm.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Bot.) A species of palm tree (Hyphæne Thebaica), highly valued for the fibrous pulp of its fruit, which has the flavor of gingerbread, and is largely eaten in Egypt and Abyssinia.
- Probably from Arabic dialectal dōm, variant of Arabic dawm. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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