- 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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Examples from the Web for kumquat
I love the sweet-tart taste of fresh cranberries, and the combination with kumquat is the perfect pitch.Turkey Day Bacchanal
November 23, 2009
The Kumquat comes true to seed, and may also be propagated by grafting and budding.Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands
Gerrit Parmile Wilder
- 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 kumquat
1690s, from Chinese (Cantonese) kamkwat, from kam "golden" + kwat "orange." Cantonese dialectal form of Chinese kin-ku.
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