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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Early 18th century: doum from Arabic dawm, dūm.
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