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
Recent Examples of persimmon from the Web
Local favorites include apfelwein, akin to dry French cider; Gin Sieben, a Frankfurt-style gin infused with seven specific herbs, including borage and sorrel; and mispelchen, a brandy made with medlar, a persimmon-like fruit.
An average biscuit either would have been overwhelmed by the persimmon sauce or too hard to enjoy, but the ABC biscuit retained its shape while still staying light and flaky.
The cookbooks provide a great insight into our use of regional foods such as rhubarb, persimmons, and corn.
Be sure to include flowering trees, such as native magnolias, hollies, American fringe tree, redbud, black cherry and American persimmon.
The paths pass beaches and waterfalls, rice paddies, garlic farms, persimmon orchards and pagodas.
At the firm, Tracey acted out her old self: Tracey Davis, avid hiker and quirky eater of mid-morning persimmons.
At Vicia, Michael and Tara Gallina call a wood supplier named Scott Lowry, who delivers Missouri oak, persimmon, and cherrywood.
Chosen were black walnuts, five different oak varieties, persimmon and pecan trees, which are native to Southern Indiana.
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Origin and Etymology of persimmon
Virginia Algonquian pessemmin
First Known Use: 1612See Words from the same year
PERSIMMON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of persimmon for English Language Learners
: a small, round, orange fruit
PERSIMMON Defined for Kids
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 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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