date

Date ‘time of an event’ and date ‘fruit’ are distinct words in English, and perhaps unexpectedly the latter [13] entered the language a century before the former. It came via Old French date and Latin dactylus from Greek dáktulos, which originally meant literally ‘finger’ or ‘toe’. The term was originally applied from the supposed resemblance of a date to a little brown finger or toe. Date ‘time’ [14] was acquired from Old French date, a descendant of medieval Latin data, which represented a nominal use of the feminine form of Latin datus, the past participle of the verb dare ‘give’. It originated in such phrases as data Romae ‘given at Rome’, the ancient Roman way of dating letters. (Data ‘information’ [17], on the other hand, is the plural of the neuter form of the past participle, datum.) Among the wide range of other English words descended from Latin dare (which can be traced back ultimately to an Indo- European base *-) are antidote [15] (etymologically ‘what is given against something’), condone [19], dado [17] (a borrowing from Italian, ‘cube’), dative [15], donation [15], dice, dowry and endow (both ultimately from Latin dōs ‘dowry’, a relative of dare), edit, and pardon [13]. => PTERODACTYL; ANTIDOTE, CONDONE, DATA, DATIVE, DICE, DONATION, EDIT, ENDOW, PARDON
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   The fruit ultimately derives its name, through French and Latin, from Greek daktulos, 'finger.' The reference is to the shape of the date palm's leaves, which are like fingers.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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