• WordNet 3.6
    • n persimmon orange fruit resembling a plum; edible when fully ripe
    • n persimmon any of several tropical trees of the genus Diospyros
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Persimmon (Bot) An American tree (Diospyros Virginiana) and its fruit, found from New York southward. The fruit is like a plum in appearance, but is very harsh and astringent until it has been exposed to frost, when it becomes palatable and nutritious.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n persimmon One of several species of the genus Dsipyros; primarily, D. Virginiana of North America, the date-plum, a tree common in the South, growing to a height of 60 feet. The hard fine wood of the species is used in turnery, etc., and especially for shuttles. The black of Mexican persimmon, or chapote, is D. Texana of Mexico and Texas, with a small black sweet and insipid fruit; its wood is probably the best American substitute for box. D. Kaki is the Japanese persimmon.
    • n persimmon The fruit of any of the above-named trees. That of D. Virginiana is an inch in diameter, is extremely astringent when green, and is sometimes used as a remedy for diarrhea; when frosted or thoroughly ripe it is sweet and edible. With other ingredients it yields a domestic beer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Persimmon per-sim′on the American date-plum.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Virginia Indian
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Amer. Ind.


In literature:

At every motion of Bruin, hundreds of persimmons would fall down, and these, of course, were the ripest.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
A Thunder Run man found a tree laden with shrivelled persimmons.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Persimmon beer and gingerbread!
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
You're the real persimmons, you are.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
Of about 15 varieties of persimmon here I consider Early Golden and Josephine the best.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
The smoke o' it ud choke a skunk out o' a persimmon log.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
In the fall of the year a persimmon tree on the roadside would halt a column and detain it till the last persimmon disappeared.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
Good examples are "Old Man Know-All," "Learn to Count," and "Shake the Persimmons Down.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
They're persimmons, or a sort of persimmons.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Uncle Dick Siddon says they's always niggers buried whar they's persimmon-trees, an' he says the niggers come first.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
They like acorns, and, in the South, they eat the persimmons.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
Aren't you going to eat any of your persimmons, Ben?
"A Dear Little Girl's Thanksgiving Holidays" by Amy E. Blanchard
He was there to better his fortune, and he felt bound to do it, persimmons or no persimmons.
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley
Nor paw-paws, nor persimmons.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
I wonder what persimmons are like, anyway.
"Ruby at School" by Minnie E. Paull
Rapture is a word to be eaten with persimmon and pears.
"Coming to Grips with White Knuckles" by Paul Cameron Brown
Our daughter Anne, teaching in Appomattox County, writes that she will send us a barrel of potatoes, some persimmons, etc.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
The refreshments were parched corn, persimmons (which two of us walked two miles to get) and water.
"From the Rapidan to Richmond and the Spottsylvania Campaign" by William Meade Dame
Wha' changes green persimmons?
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
Good sweet yams thoroughly cooked, and the zestful persimmon beer!
"Life in Dixie during the War" by Mary A. H. Gay

In news:

(The persimmons may stick to the bottom of the pan.
1 quart ripe Hachiya persimmons (about 6 fruits), hulled and put through a food mill or ricer to remove seeds to make about 2 cups purée.
Beat in the eggs, then the persimmons and milk.
They have larger leaves that also develop fall color as good as the native persimmon 's.
1 1/4 cups persimmon purée (from 3 to 6 soft Fuyu or Hachiya persimmons , peeled and seeded).
Persimmon Woods Golf Club.
Advice on Picking a Persimmon Tree .
PRESS The home at 293 Persimmon Circle in the Quail Crossing Subdivision in Boonville, Ind.
This year, according to the persimmon seed, with its telltale spoon, we should expect to have our snow shovels at the ready.
Persimmons a tasty, underappreciated and nutritious fruit.
Morning in the shade of a persimmon tree.
Valley's Hachiya, Fuyu persimmons most desired .
JOHN WALKER / THE FRESNO BEE Persimmons are in season and can make some tasty treats.
To many, the soft and sweet-tasting Hachiya persimmon is a perfect ingredient for baking cookies.
Fall fruits from apples and cranberries to persimmons and pears are so beautiful and fresh, it's a shame not to include them in the menu.