Loquat meaning

lō'kwŏt', -kwăt'
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.
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The edible fruit of this plant.
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A small evergreen tree (Eriobotrya japonica) of the rose family, native to China and Japan.
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The small, yellow, edible, plumlike fruit of this tree.
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The Eriobotrya japonica tree.
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The fruit of this tree. It is as large as a small plum, but grows in clusters, and contains four or five large seeds.
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Origin of loquat

  • Cantonese lou4 gwat1 (literally, reed tangerine, perhaps because it grows best in moist rich lowland soil) lou4 a species of reed (from Middle Chinese luə̆) (also the source of Mandarin ) gwat1 mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata), tangerine (from Middle Chinese kjyt) (also the source of Mandarin kumquat)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Chinese Cantonese trad. 蘆橘, simpl. 芦橘 (pinyin: lou4 gwat1) (older word) Related to kumquat - same second character.
    From Wiktionary