- a small, round or oblong citrus fruit having a sweet rind and acid pulp, used chiefly for preserves.
- any of several citrus shrubs of the genus Fortunella, native to China, that bear this fruit.
Origin of kumquat
1865–70; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) gāmgwāt gold citrus fruit, akin to Chinese jīnjù
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- a variant spelling of kumquat
- any of several small Chinese trees of the rutaceous genus Fortunella
- the small round orange fruit of such a tree, with a sweet rind, used in preserves and confections
C17: from Chinese (Cantonese) kam kwat, representing Mandarin Chinese chin chü golden orange
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Word Origin and History for cumquat
1690s, from Chinese (Cantonese) kamkwat, from kam "golden" + kwat "orange." Cantonese dialectal form of Chinese kin-ku.
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