One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A nettle tree of the genus Celtis, specifically C. australis.
2A jujube tree of the southern Mediterranean, Zizyphus lotus, having edible, date-like fruits.
3More fully "false lote tree", "bastard lote-tree". A date plum of the Mediterranean and south-west Asia, Diospyros lotus, having small, sweet fruit. Now rare.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Turner (d. 1568), naturalist and religious controversialist. From lote + tree.
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