Dios'pyros virginia'na, Persimmon. -- Ebenaceae. The unripe fruit dried, U.S.P. 1820-1870; United States. Tree, 6-21 M. (20-70 degrees) high, much smaller northward; wood hard, blackish; leaves 7.5-12.5 Cm. (3-5') long, entire, glaucous beneath, elliptical; flowers yellowish; fruit plum-like, 2.5 Cm. (1') thick, green, 4-lobed calyx at base; short style at apex, 6-celled,6-seeded; taste astringent, when ripe orange-red, by frost sweet, edible; contains tannin, malic acid. Astringent for diarrhea, chronic dysentery, uterine hemorrhage, leucorrhea, sort throat; in infusion, tincture, syrup. Dose, gr. 15-60 (1-4 Gm.). Permisson beer, made by fermenting ripe fruit with hop, as a beverage, and the bark as tonic and astringent, are popular to some extent.