persimmon

noun

per·​sim·​mon pər-ˈsi-mən How to pronounce persimmon (audio)
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 Diners enjoy coming here for homemade pasta and bread and cocktails like the Persimmon to Speak, made with dark rum, persimmon and cinnamon. Catherine Garcia, theweek, 16 Feb. 2024 Fertilize stone fruit, apple, pear and persimmon trees with organic fertilizer, following label directions. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2024 From tea drinking to persimmon cultivation, the city became a fountainhead of Japanese food culture. Megan Zhang, Saveur, 9 May 2024 Where fruit trees are concerned, both the loquat and the persimmon will grow 20-25 feet tall with equal spread. Joshua Siskin, Orange County Register, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for persimmon 

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Word History

Etymology

Virginia Algonquian pessemmin

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of persimmon was in 1612

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Cite this Entry

“Persimmon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persimmon. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

persimmon

noun
per·​sim·​mon pər-ˈsim-ən How to pronounce persimmon (audio)
1
: any of a genus of trees with hard fine wood, oblong leaves, and small bell-shaped white flowers
2
: the usually orange fruit of a persimmon that resembles a plum and is edible when fully ripe but usually very bitter when unripe

Medical Definition

persimmon

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