n 1 : any tree or shrub of the genus Diospyros : esp : one (D. virginiana) of the eastern half of the U.S. whose bark has been used as an astringent 2 : the usu. orange several-seeded globular berry of a persimmon that is edible when fully ripe but usu. extremely astringent when unripe .
Similar sounding terms: hy·per·som·nia
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