• WordNet 3.6
    • n Diospyros a genus of trees or shrubs that have beautiful and valuable wood
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n diospyros A large genus of trees and shrubs, of the natural order Ebenaceœ, natives of the warmer regions of the world, but belonging for the most part of Asia and Mauritius. Of the 150 species, only two are American, of which one is the common persimmon of the United States, D. Virginiana, sometimes called date-plum. The wood is hard and heavy, and many species yield woods that are valuable for carving, furniture-making, etc. Ebony is the heart-wood of several species, the best and most costly, with the blackest and finest grain, being obtained from D. reticulata of Mauritius and D. Ebenus of Ceylon. D. quæsita of Ceylon yields calamander-wood, and D. Kurzii the marble-wood of the Andaman islands. D. Kaki, the Chinese or Japanese persimmon, is cultivated for its fruit, which resembles the plum in appearance and flavor, and has been introduced into southern Europe and the United States. D. Lotus of southern Europe has been supposed to be the lotus of the ancients, but its fruit is hardly eatable. It is used as a remedy for diarrhea. The fruits of most of the species are excessively astringent when immature, owing to the amount of tannic acid which they contain.
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In literature:

A climbing species of Strychnos, a Diospyros, a Sapindacea, were the principal new plants.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Diospyros Virginiana 162 LXXXIII.
"Handbook of the Trees of New England" by Lorin Low Dame
The botanical name of the genus is Diospyros, liberally translated as "fruit of the gods," or "Jove's fruit.
"Getting Acquainted with the Trees" by J. Horace McFarland
Diospyros Virginiana L. Ebony family.
"Texas Honey Plants" by C. E. Sanborn

In news:

Texas or Mexican persimmon ( Diospyros texana ).