from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The date-palm.


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  • Quoth the pigeon, How can I do this, I that am a bird and unable to go beyond the date-tree whereon is my daily bread?

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • In Sind I derided the “native nonsense,” passed the night under an “Indian date-tree” and awoke with a fine specimen of ague which lasted me a week.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Nile make their ropes and cords of the fibrous inner bark of the palm date-tree, called Lif (ﻒﻴﻟ), or of reeds which grow on the banks of river; but all the western nations, where no date-trees grow, use for their packages twisted leathern thongs, which are of great solidity and strength, a very important advantage in travelling through the deserts with heavily loaded camels.

    Travels in Nubia

  • Just beyond the plain of Boeydha, where the road again enters a barren sandy desert, stands a tall date-tree, the only one of its species met with hereabouts, for no dates are grown anywhere from

    Travels in Nubia

  • From the leaves of the date-tree they also form mats, small drinking bowls, and large plates on which the bread is served at table; and though these articles are formed entirely by the hand, they are made in so very neat a manner, as to have every appearance of being wrought by instruments.

    Travels in Nubia

  • Here and there, from among these whitewashed mounds round about, a minaret rose, or a rare date-tree; but the chief part of the vegetation near was that odious tree the prickly pear, — one huge green wart growing out of another, armed with spikes, as inhospitable as the aloe, without shelter or beauty.

    Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo

  • The many different uses to which almost every part of the date-tree is applied, have already been mentioned by several travellers; they render it as dear to the settled Arab, as the camel is to the Bedouin.

    Travels in Arabia

  • Afterwards repenting, he bound himself with a huge chain to the date-tree in whose place the column now stands, vowing to continue there until Allah and the Apostle accepted his penitence-a circumstance which did not take place till the tenth day, when his hearing was gone and he had almost lost his sight.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • Tarikh Tabari mentions it as a practice of the Pagan Arabs, and talks of evil spirits residing in the date-tree.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • The tax imposed is equivalent to two bunches for each date-tree.

    Travels in Morocco


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