One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A palm tree with a forked trunk, producing edible fruit and a vegetable ivory substitute. It is native to the Nile region of Upper Egypt.
Hyphaene thebaica, family Palmae
- ‘With an open-air temple and moon-viewing dais, the small garden features papyrus, clary sage, and doum palms - flora important during ancient Egypt's busy 18th Dynasty.’
- ‘At the heart of the reserve, flowing through doum palm groves and thick riverine forest, is the Ewaso Nyiro, without whose waters the game could not survive in this arid region.’
- ‘It is a vast area of thorn and cliff and sand and jungle, bisected and filigreed by the Rufiji river that runs through sand and cuts a new course after the rains every year, leaving behind lakes and deep gorges fringed with doum palms.’
Early 18th century: doum from Arabic dawm, dūm.
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