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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Date, n. 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.
 Date palm, or Date tree Bot., the genus of palms which bear dates, of which common species is Phœnix 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 Pholas.