The word "date" comes from the Greek word "daktylos
," meaning finger.
Die funf Millimeter Ringdicke, wie sie den meisten Abmessungen der untersuchten Gusskanale im Giesserfundspektrum und den Ringen aus Staldzene abzulesen ist, entsprachen einem Viertel des altgriechischen Daktylos
(1,2) The word ectrodactyly was coined from two Greek words-ektroma (abortion), and daktylos
(finger).2 It is a rare congenital anomaly in Nigeria though the true prevalence is unknown.
Word History: The English word for the fruit of the date palm comes by way of French and Latin from a Greek word daktylos
. The original meaning of this Greek word was "finger," but it was also used for the fruit.
Although most European languages derive the name of dates from the Greek daktylos
, Hilda Simon in her excellent book, The Desert Palm, Bread of the Desert, suggests that the name could have come from the Arabic daglan (seedling).