Definition of persimmon in English:


Line breaks: per¦sim|mon
Pronunciation: /pəˈsɪmən


  • 1An edible fruit that resembles a large tomato and has very sweet flesh.
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    • Among foods featured are morels, persimmons, cherries, game, wild blackberries, and asparagus.
    • The produce includes strawberries, beans, avocado, persimmon, kiwifruit, oranges and other citrus fruit as well as flowers and plants.
    • They taste a bit like persimmons, or maybe apricots - I wonder if they are available in the States.
  • 2The tree which yields the persimmon, related to ebony.
    • Genus Diospyros, family Ebenaceae: the evergreen American D. virginiana, with dark red fruit, and the Japanese persimmon (D. kaki), cultivated for its orange fruit
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    • Winter propagation of deciduous plants will be covered, and we'll discuss the interesting persimmon tree as well.
    • Sitting by our persimmon tree last fall I watched a robin stretch out to peck off a piece of the bright, ripe fruit.
    • Cold-tolerant persimmons are small, beautiful trees that yield small, sweet fruit harvested in the fall.


early 17th century: alteration of Algonquian pessemmins.

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