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

Examples of persimmon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The warp and weft are dyed separately, one with natural indigo, the other with persimmon. Alexander Freeling, Robb Report, 6 Oct. 2021 Instead of a somber neutral, your biker might be lavender or lime, persimmon or pale pink—maybe even striped, or daubed with graffitiing, in an explosion of high-low exuberance. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 2 Oct. 2021 Vodka drinkers sipped Lan Xias, a fruity twist on the classic cocktail prepared with Ketel One vodka, persimmon, nigiri, cranberry, lime, and topped with a silky egg white foam. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 9 Sep. 2021 Here is more information on planting persimmon trees. oregonlive, 28 Aug. 2021 Issei migrants used their farming skills here and planted tea, mulberry for silkworms, persimmon, bamboo and rice. Kaila Yu, CNN, 18 May 2021 Other highlights include Dungeness crab congee and a chocolate-hazelnut tart with persimmon. Janelle Bitker,, 22 Dec. 2020 Locals’ photos and video footage chronicle the city’s familiar sights—the Golden Gate Bridge, Oracle Park, undeterred commuter traffic flowing down the highways—rendered alien and vaguely hostile by the persimmon glow. Kelsey Rexroat, The New Yorker, 20 Apr. 2021 Attached is a pre-freeze photo of a neighbor’s persimmon tree. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of persimmon was in 1612

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“Persimmon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of persimmon

: a small, round, orange fruit


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


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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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