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kumquat

[ kuhm-kwot ]
/ ˈkʌm kwɒt /
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noun
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.
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Origin of kumquat

First recorded in 1865–70; from dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) gāmgwāt “gold citrus fruit,” akin to Chinese jīnjù
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British Dictionary definitions for kumquat

kumquat

cumquat

/ (ˈkʌmkwɒt) /

noun
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

C17: from Chinese (Cantonese) kam kwat, representing Mandarin Chinese chin chü golden orange
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