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 Layer thin slices of ripe Fuyu persimmon on a turkey sandwich. Jessica Battilana,, "13 ideas for farmers’ market produce during summer-to-fall shoulder season," 9 Oct. 2020 Backyard has persimmon, plum, apple, cherrie, pear and other mature fruit trees. oregonlive, "On the market: Portland homes with 4 bedrooms for sale under $400,000," 19 Sep. 2020 Wild apple, pear, or persimmon trees can be early-season buck magnets. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "The 12 Best Early-Season Treestand Locations for Deer Hunting," 17 Sep. 2020 My typical reader can read in English, lives in the Bay Area, probably knows what a persimmon tastes like. Esther Mobley,, "Wine’s diversity issue starts with the way we talk about the taste of wine," 8 Sep. 2020 Both warm, earthy tones, Transcend is a mid tone-oatmeal-colored, and Big Cyprus is a shaded ginger featuring persimmon undertones. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "PPG Just Unveiled Its 2021 Palette of the Year," 1 Sep. 2020 The persimmon tree has galls caused by a small mite. Neil Sperry,, "Neil Sperry: Will this persimmon succumb to gall growths?," 27 Aug. 2020 Oregon now has one of the largest plantings of Hiroshima-origin peace trees outside Japan, with 30 towns and cities around the state participating in the project and many ginkgo and Asian persimmon trees finding new homes. oregonlive, "Oregon recognizes 75th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing with online peace tree map," 4 Aug. 2020 Available at farmers markets, McFarlin Family Farms (Orosi) — Apples, avocados, blueberries, peaches, persimmons, pomegranates and other fruit. Los Angeles Times, "What’s available from L.A.-area farmers and beyond during the shutdown, and how to get it," 4 May 2020

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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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13 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Persimmon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of persimmon

: a small, round, orange fruit


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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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