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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There is a solar-heated pool, outdoor electrical outlets, in-deck storage, and multiple fruit trees including apricot, persimmon, grapefruit fig, and kiwi. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Picturesque Almaden Country Club home delivers panoramic views," 19 Aug. 2019 There are lots of animals (mostly his own) and bright colors, but he's kept the palette narrowed by and large to tropical fruits, from pale lemon to blood orange, persimmon and pomegranate, with touches of Caribbean blue. Beth Dunlop, ELLE Decor, "For the Fun of It," 8 Feb. 2010 The property had existing groves of peach, apple, plum, pear and persimmon trees, which Rich has supplemented with 100 more fruit trees, as well as a new crop of 40 dragon fruit cactuses. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New family carries on legacy of 99-year-old Vista farm," 21 July 2019 Then, when the persimmons soften and become jammy, Dimayuga plops them on top of quinoa-oat porridge. Hilary Moss, New York Times, "Persimmons for Breakfast, Two (Healthy) Ways," 16 Jan. 2018 The massive fenced backyard is filled with fruit trees (persimmon, apple, tangerine and orange), big lawn and flowering shrubs. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Attractive vintage home on huge lot," 30 July 2019 It’s full of beautiful shots of her making noodles, makgeolli and dried persimmons, yet the film doesn’t force meaning into those acts: The scenes stand alone as meditations in themselves. Soleil Ho,, "Obscure food films worth seeking out," 22 July 2019 The conversation earlier had been about black bears and bobcats, but this was something else: a persimmon tree loaded with fruit. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Introducing Blackberry Mountain, the Idyllic New Resort from Blackberry Farm," 11 Feb. 2019 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,, "Summer is the season for perks," 2 July 2019

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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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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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