American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various chiefly tropical trees of the genus Diospyros, having hard wood and orange-red fruit that is edible only when completely ripe.
- n. The fruit of any of these trees.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several species of the genus Dsipyros; primarily, D. Virginiana of North America, the date-plum, a tree common in the South, growing to a height of 60 feet. The hard fine wood of the species is used in turnery, etc., and especially for shuttles. The black of Mexican persimmon, or chapote, is D. Texana of Mexico and Texas, with a small black sweet and insipid fruit; its wood is probably the best American substitute for box. D. Kaki is the Japanese persimmon.
- n. The fruit of any of the above-named trees. That of D. Virginiana is an inch in diameter, is extremely astringent when green, and is sometimes used as a remedy for diarrhea; when frosted or thoroughly ripe it is sweet and edible. With other ingredients it yields a domestic beer.
- n. A type of fruit, of orange colour, very sweet, quite astringent when immature.
- n. The tree this fruit grows on, generally one of two species of ebony: Diospyros kaki (Asian) or Diospyros virginiana (North American).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) An American tree (Diospyros Virginiana) and its fruit, found from New York southward. The fruit is like a plum in appearance, but is very harsh and astringent until it has been exposed to frost, when it becomes palatable and nutritious.
- n. any of several tropical trees of the genus Diospyros
- n. orange fruit resembling a plum; edible when fully ripe
- From Powhatan pichamins, pushemins, pasimenan ("dried fruit"), from Proto-Algonquian *-min- (“fruit, berry”). (Wiktionary)
- Of Virginia Algonquian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The name persimmon supposedly comes from the Algonquin name for 'dry fruit', and the tree the persimmon grows from is part of the ebony family.”
“Thar's some niggers that look so much like possums when they git up in persimmon branches that it takes a sharp eye to tell the difference," observed Tim Mallory.”
“Kaki, it turns out, is the Latin word and Japanese name for the fruit that is also called a persimmon or Sharon fruit thank you internet.”
“-- The persimmon is a semitropical plum-like fruit, globular in shape and an orange-red or yellow in color.”
“The persimmon is the Virginia date plum, a tree of 30 to 50 feet high, and 18 to 20 inches in diameter; it is noted chiefly for its fruit, but it produces a wood of considerable value.”
“The persimmon is a delicious fruit, after the frost has destroyed its astringent properties.”
“There are two other species including the American persimmon which is native to the eastern US and the date-plum which is native to southeast Europe/southwest Asia and was called the fruit of the Gods by the Greeks.”
“In typical Lela fashion, pops of color such as persimmon, red, pollen (yellow/bright gold), and green made their way into the collection.”
“After you walk through the courtyard, you'll hit a row of stalls selling plump roasted cashews and dried fruits such as persimmon, kiwi and mango that make excellent snacks and edible souvenirs.”
“And soft-mast groves, such as persimmon, apple, or dogwood, are producing fruit that deer crave now.”
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