- 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 loquatfrom Chinese (Canton dialect, dialectal ) l? 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.