persimmon

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per·sim·mon

noun \pər-ˈsi-mən\

: a small, round, orange fruit

Full Definition of PERSIMMON

1
:  any of a genus (Diospyros) of trees of the ebony family with hard fine wood, oblong leaves, and small bell-shaped flowers; especially :  an eastern United States tree (D. virginiana) or a Japanese tree (D. kaki)
2
:  the usually orange several-seeded globular berry of a persimmon that is edible when fully ripe but usually extremely astringent when unripe

Origin of PERSIMMON

Virginia Algonquian pessemmin
First Known Use: 1612

per·sim·mon

noun \pər-ˈsim-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PERSIMMON

1
: any tree or shrub of the genus Diospyros; especially : one (D. virginiana) of the eastern United States whose bark has been used as an astringent
2
: the usually orange globular berry of a persimmon that is edible when fully ripe but usually extremely astringent when unripe

persimmon

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana).—H.R. Hungerford

Either of two trees of the genus Diospyros in the ebony family, and their globular, edible fruits. The native American persimmon (D. virginiana), a small tree with dark-red to maroon fruits that contain several large, flattened seeds, grows from the Gulf states north to central Pennsylvania and central Illinois. The Oriental persimmon (D. kaki), grown extensively in China and Japan, has larger, more astringent, yellow to red fruit. Good sources of vitamins A and C, persimmons are eaten fresh or stewed or cooked as jam.

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