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1 Many have taken this to be the cocoa-nut tree; but, as Fée remarks, that is a tree of India, and this of Egypt. There is little doubt that it is the doum of the Arabs, the Cucifera Thebaica of Delille. The timber of the trunk is much used in Egypt, and of the leaves carpets, bags, and panniers are made. In fact, the description of it and its fruit is almost identical with that here given by Pliny.
2 The seed or stone of the doum is still used in Egypt for making the beads of chaplets: it admits of a very high polish.
3 Materies crispioris elegantiæ.
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