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[per-sim-uh n] /pərˈsɪm ən/
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.
Virginia Algonquian
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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Examples from the web for persimmons
  • 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.
  • Many people enjoy the flavor of persimmons which may be eaten directly from the tree.
  • Now he's experimenting with blueberries and has added zucchini and persimmons.
  • Sometimes you ate roasted chestnuts, sometimes persimmons.
  • These items are rounded out with nuts, acorns, persimmons and corn.
British Dictionary definitions for persimmons


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
See also ebony (sense 1)
Word Origin
C17: of Algonquian origin; related to Delaware pasĭmĕnan dried fruit
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Word Origin and History for persimmons



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

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