Zotero API date format

When syncing libraries through the Zotero API, I get the date field as entered. As mentioned elsewhere, this could be in any of many formats like DD-MM-YYYY or MM DD YYYY or YYYY or anything else. But a Zotero client knows how to sort all these dates correctly, despite the varying format. Is there a way of getting the date format served by the API in YYYY-MM-DD+extra text, or should I parse the dates myself in good faith? Are there any guarantees when parsing the dates? Are months always written out with three-letter abbreviations for example?
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