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 for Diospyros lotus
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.
     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.]
            [1913 Webster]
     European+lotus,+a+small+tree+({Diospyros+Lotus">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.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Arch.) An ornament much used in Egyptian architecture,
        generally asserted to have been suggested by the Egyptian
        water lily.
        [1913 Webster] Lotus-eater

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.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: This fruit is somewhat in the shape of an olive,
           containing a soft pulp, sweet, esculent, and wholesome,
           and inclosing a hard kernel.
           [1913 Webster]
     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
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Diospyros lotus
      n 1: an Asiatic persimmon tree cultivated for its small yellow
           or purplish-black edible fruit much valued by Afghan tribes
           [syn: date plum, Diospyros lotus]

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