- 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
Examples from the Web for kumquat
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of kumquat
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
Word Origin for kumquat
1690s, from Chinese (Cantonese) kamkwat, from kam "golden" + kwat "orange." Cantonese dialectal form of Chinese kin-ku.