- 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.
- the fruit itself.
Origin of persimmon
Examples from the Web for persimmon
Sometimes the flowers multiplied in shades of persimmon or turned into two-dimensional appliqué.Miuccia Prada and Emporio Armani: Milan Spring 2013 Collections
September 21, 2012
The beautiful garden is completely bare except for one persimmon tree that has no leaves.One Woman's Formula for Change
March 12, 2010
This field we overlooked through a fence-row of persimmon and wild plum.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
He soon discovered, of course, that the longest pole knocked the persimmon.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
The persimmon has only about ten days in which it will fall bud.
I have been in the forest, under the persimmon and butternut trees.The Citizen-Soldier
There was a fruity odour of persimmon and wild grape forever in the air.Judith of the Cumberlands
- any of several tropical trees of the genus Diospyros, typically having hard wood and large orange-red fruit: family Ebenaceae
- the sweet fruit of any of these trees, which is edible when completely ripe
Word Origin and History for persimmon
1610s, from Powhatan (Algonquian) pasimenan "fruit dried artificially," from pasimeneu "he dries fruit," containing proto-Algonquian */-min-/ "fruit, berry."