Kumquat definition

kŭmkwŏt
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The fruit of any of these plants, having an acid pulp and a thin, edible rind.
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Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Fortunella, having small, edible, orangelike fruit.
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An orange-colored, oval fruit about the size of a small plum, with a sour pulp and a sweet rind, used in preserves and confections.
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A tree (genus Fortunella) of the rue family that bears this fruit.
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A small, orange citrus-like fruit which is native to Asia, Fortunella.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kumquat
Plural:
kumquats

Origin of kumquat

  • Cantonese gam1 gwat1 akin to Mandarin jīnjú jīn gold (from Middle Chinese kim) mandarin orange (from Middle Chinese kjyt) (probably akin to Khmer kwic)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Cantonese 柑橘 (gam1 gwat1) or 金橘 (“golden tangerine”). Related to loquat – same second character.

    From Wiktionary