persimmon

noun per·sim·mon \ pər-ˈsi-mən \
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of persimmon

Virginia Algonquian pessemmin


PERSIMMON Defined for English Language Learners

persimmon

noun

Definition of persimmon for English Language Learners

  • : a small, round, orange fruit


PERSIMMON Defined for Kids

persimmon

noun per·sim·mon \ pər-ˈsi-mən \

Definition of persimmon for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

persimmon

noun per·sim·mon \ pər-ˈsim-ən \

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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