Definition of persimmon in English:

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persimmon

Pronunciation: /pəˈsɪmən/

noun

1An edible fruit that resembles a large tomato and has very sweet flesh.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Early 17th century: alteration of Algonquian pessemmins.

Words that rhyme with persimmon

Rimmon
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