persimmon [per-sim-uh n] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. 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.
  2. the fruit itself.

Origin of persimmon 1605–15, Americanism; Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) pessemmins, pichamins, pushemins, putchamins (unidentified initial element + reflex of Proto-Algonquian *-min- fruit, berry) Examples from the Web for persimmon Contemporary Examples of persimmon

  • Sometimes the flowers multiplied in shades of persimmon or turned into two-dimensional appliqué.

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    Robin Givhan

    September 21, 2012

  • The beautiful garden is completely bare except for one persimmon tree that has no leaves.

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    Lynn Sherr

    March 12, 2010

  • Historical Examples of persimmon

  • 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.

    Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943


  • I have been in the forest, under the persimmon and butternut trees.

    The Citizen-Soldier

    John Beatty

  • There was a fruity odour of persimmon and wild grape forever in the air.

    Judith of the Cumberlands

    Alice MacGowan

  • British Dictionary definitions for persimmon persimmon noun

    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

    See also ebony (def. 1) Word Origin for persimmon C17: of Algonquian origin; related to Delaware pasĭmĕnan dried fruit Word Origin and History for persimmon n.

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

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