from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The 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.
- n. The fruit of any of the above-named trees.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several tropical trees of the genus Diospyros
- n. orange fruit resembling a plum; edible when fully ripe
Of Virginia Algonquian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Powhatan pichamins, pushemins, pasimenan ("dried fruit"), from Proto-Algonquian *-min- (“fruit, berry”). (Wiktionary)