- a small evergreen tree (Eriobotrya japonica) of the rose family, native to China and Japan
- the small, yellow, edible, plumlike fruit of this tree
Origin of loquat; from Chinese (Canton dialect, dialectal ) lō kwat, literally , rush orange
- A small evergreen tree (Eriobotrya japonica) in the rose family, native to China and Japan, having fragrant white flowers and pear-shaped yellow fruit with large seeds.
- The edible fruit of this plant.
Origin of loquatCantonese lou4 gwat1 (literally, reed tangerine, perhaps because it grows best in moist rich lowland soil ) : lou4, a species of reed (from Middle Chinese lu&schwabreve;; also the source of Mandarin lú) + gwat1, mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata), tangerine (from Middle Chinese kjyt; also the source of Mandarin jú; see kumquat).
- The Eriobotrya japonica tree.
- The fruit of this tree. It is as large as a small plum, but grows in clusters, and contains four or five large seeds.