persimmon

[per-sim-uh n]
noun
  1. any of several trees of the genus Diospyros, especially D. virginiana, of North America, bearing astringent, plumlike fruit that is sweet and edible when ripe, and D. kaki, of Japan and China, bearing soft, red or orange fruit.
  2. the fruit itself.

Origin of persimmon

1605–15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) pessemmins, pichamins, pushemins, putchamins (unidentified initial element + reflex of Proto-Algonquian *-min- fruit, berry)
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persimmon

noun
  1. any of several tropical trees of the genus Diospyros, typically having hard wood and large orange-red fruit: family Ebenaceae
  2. the sweet fruit of any of these trees, which is edible when completely ripe

Word Origin for persimmon

C17: of Algonquian origin; related to Delaware pasĭmĕnan dried fruit
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Word Origin and History for persimmon
n.

1610s, from Powhatan (Algonquian) pasimenan "fruit dried artificially," from pasimeneu "he dries fruit," containing proto-Algonquian */-min-/ "fruit, berry."

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