It means that the function needs to be given a parameter, a date – in the allowed format(s) – that replaces J2000 as the reference date to define the coordinates. Aladin is another package that has J2000 equinox as the default but the date may be changed.
The FK5 coordinates are defined relatively to some positions and orientations of celestial bodies (especially Earth) at a given moment, and that's what the "equinox of the date" means. The word "used" is separate and means that the user has "used" a value of the parameter, too.
The terms "epoch" and "equinox [of the date]" are related in astronomy but they are not quite the same things (click). In general, the epoch expresses changing quantities but neglects the changing definition of the benchmarks and coordinate systems in time, something that equinox of the date takes into account, too.
The term "equinox" in these discussions about coordinates is used "indirectly" – because the position of the vernal equinox is the conventional place that defines many coordinate systems. But the "equinox of the date" of course means something else than just the "date of the [vernal] equinox".