(common, or American persimmon)
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I ain't doing it for fun," shouted Abe, angrier
still; "and nobody but a double-and twisted idiot would ask such a fool
question. I was paying so much attention to your dumbed story that I
chewed up a green persimmon--one that hadn't been touched by the frost.
It's puckered my mouth so that I will never get it straight again. It's
worse than a pound of alum and a gallon of tanbark juice mixed
together. O, laugh, if you want to--that's just what I'd expect from
you. That's about all the sense you've got."
- John McElroy, The Red Acorn: A Romance of the War, 1883.