- The definition of a persimmon is a tree in the ebony family, or the fruit of such a tree.
An example of a persimmon is a Fuyu.
A pile of persimmons.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- any of a genus (Diospyros) of trees of the ebony family with white, cup-shaped flowers, hard wood, and yellow or orange-red, plumlike fruit
- the fruit, sour and astringent when green, but sweet and edible when thoroughly ripe
Origin: Virginia Algonquian pessemins, and the like
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- Any of various chiefly tropical trees of the genus Diospyros, having hard wood and orange-red fruit that is edible only when completely ripe.
- The fruit of any of these trees.
Origin: Of Virginia Algonquian origin.