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.

1605–15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) pessemmins, pichamins, pushemins, putchamins (unidentified initial element + reflex of Proto-Algonquian *-min- fruit, berry) Unabridged
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persimmon (pɜːˈsɪmən)
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
[C17: of Algonquian origin; related to Delaware pasĭmĕnan dried fruit]

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Word Origin & History

1612, from Powhatan (Algonquian) pasimenan "fruit dried artificially," from pasimeneu "he dries fruit," containing proto-Algonquian */-min-/ "fruit, berry."
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Example sentences
In fall foliage and fruit, not many trees can compete with persimmons for drama.
Glossy cuts of pork belly are strewn with persimmons that implode when pricked.
As leaves change colors and fall, they reveal a harvest of persimmons.
Have them make a goal over the next week to eat persimmons, or perhaps another
  tree fruit in season.
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