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doum palm

also doom palm
n.
A palm (Hyphaene thebaica) native to northern Africa, having fan-shaped leaves, edible fruits about the size of an orange with a taste reminiscent of gingerbread, and usually a branched trunk. Also called gingerbread palm.

[From Arabic dawm (probably via an Arabic dialectal form dōm).]
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doum palm

(duːm) or

doom palm

n
(Plants) an Egyptian palm tree, Hyphaene thebaica, with a divided trunk and edible apple-sized fruits
[C19 doum, via French from Arabic dawm]
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class="MsoNormalThis castaway-style lodge sits high among sand dunes and doum palms in the heart of the Tana River Delta, along the wide concave stretch of coast between Malindi and Lamu.
Our cottage, called Anasa, is split across two floors, with a breezy lounge looking out to sea on the upper level, and a second bedroom with a view out over the canopy of doum palms towards the river on the lower level.
The area is richly covered with Doum palms, which have more branches than regular palm trees, with fruit that look relatively similar, but quite a bit bigger, than dates.
Set among the doum palms, a small cluster of pale canvas tents looked out over the cool waters of the Ewaso Nyiro River.
During a recent visit, Ibrahim discovered that a fire had ripped through the eastern end of the oasis and destroyed dozens of doum palms, a close relative of the argun.
Meanwhile, on land, elephants, lions and the rare East African coastal subspecies of topi traverse the bush where the doum palms give an almost Egyptian feel to the landscape, scattering the Delta floor with the fruits of the pharaohs.
The doum palms are important noncultivated fruit-plants in the arid and semiarid districts of Turkana, Samburu and Marsabit of Kenya.
Among the palms are the African doum palms, represented by the genus Hyphaene, the plant of interest in the current study.
The local people commonly use the name "eengol" to refer to both the doum palm tree and its fruit.
The Turkana doum palm plays many social and commercial roles in Turkana district.
Due to the key role the Turkana doum palm plays in the commerce and the food supply in the Turkana District of Kenya, this study was done in order to determine the fatty acid composition of the nut to provide consumers with knowledge of its lipid composition.
Outside a comfortable tent, set on the banks of a river, under the shade of doum palms, listening to the lilting calls of doves and the gentle creaking of francolins, watching an al fresco table being set for lunch, anticipating the taste of a chilled white wine - what more could you want when you needed a respite from the routine of the office and the din of the city?