persimmon

noun
per·​sim·​mon | \ pər-ˈsi-mən How to pronounce persimmon (audio) \

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 U.S. 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

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In October, the company hired a contractor to plant nearly 50 persimmon, pear, peach, and apple trees, and dozens of blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry bushes. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "Summer is the season for perks," 2 July 2019 Shop for local persimmons, fresh bread, and raclette at Annecy’s triweekly market, or rent a boat and row to the medieval Palais de l’Ile. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "Venice is flooded with tourists—visit these floating cities instead," 16 May 2019 To wit: a Dutch baby pancake piled with roasted apples, lemon caramel and whipped sour cream; a sourdough lemon poppy seed waffle with pearl sugar, slathered in persimmon butter and maple syrup; a side of rutabaga and potato latkes. Kate Silver, chicagotribune.com, "Beyond the racetrack: Indianapolis offers first class art and a great food scene," 22 Feb. 2018 But there, winking out from the scarlet cushions of the sofa, is a persimmon pillow embroidered with a rabbit. Stellene Volandes, ELLE Decor, "Jeweler Antonia Miletto Leads a Fairy-Tale Existence in Her 16th-Century Townhouse in Venice," 17 Apr. 2019 There are also as many as 20 additional structures on the property to house the ranch manager, staff and farming equipment, since the property operates as a for-profit ranch, farming avocado and persimmon. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "California Coast Ranch Linked to Formula One Heavyweight Lists for $110 Million," 13 Feb. 2019 At The Violet Hour, the Problems With Persimmons balances the bitterness of the persimmon liqueur with the sweetness of Plantation Original Dark Rum and Cognac Park. Kenney Marlatt, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago spirit-maker Apologue delivers Midwestern flavors to cocktails," 30 May 2018 The menu offers antipasti (order the escarole in Gorgonzola dolce topped with fuyu persimmon), pizza like the wild nettle, ricotta della casa, and lemon, and handmade pappardelle with venison sugo. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "32 Best Restaurants in San Francisco," 1 Mar. 2018 The pair are kicking off their first Oklahoma growing season with kale, blueberries and persimmons. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Jennifer Garner recalls growing up in the South: 'I have a connection to this land'," 15 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of persimmon

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for persimmon

Virginia Algonquian pessemmin

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persimmon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of persimmon

: a small, round, orange fruit

persimmon

noun
per·​sim·​mon | \ pər-ˈsi-mən How to pronounce persimmon (audio) \

Kids Definition of persimmon

: an orange roundish sweet fruit that grows on a tree of the southeastern United States and Asia and may be very sour when unripe

persimmon

noun
per·​sim·​mon | \ pər-ˈsim-ən How to pronounce persimmon (audio) \

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

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