[loh-kwot, -kwat]


a small evergreen tree, Eriobotrya japonica, native to China and Japan, cultivated as an ornamental and for its yellow, plumlike fruit.
the fruit itself.

Origin of loquat

1810–20; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) lōkwat, akin to Chinese lújú
Also called Japanese plum.
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Historical Examples of loquat

  • There grew she to peerless beauty where loquat and almond scent the air.


    James Joyce

  • One fruit which was served to us is known by the name of the loquat.

    Equatorial America

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • A fine native fruit, when well grown, is the biwa or loquat.

    The Foundations of Japan

    J.W. Robertson Scott

  • On all sides there hung the orange and the citron, the persimmon and the pomegranate, the peach and the plum and the loquat.

  • The Loquat has been for many years a familiar fruit in our gardens, and is a native of China and Japan.

    Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands

    Gerrit Parmile Wilder

British Dictionary definitions for loquat



an ornamental evergreen rosaceous tree, Eriobotrya japonica, of China and Japan, having reddish woolly branches, white flowers, and small yellow edible plumlike fruits
the fruit of this tree
US and Canadian name: Japan plum

Word Origin for loquat

C19: from Chinese (Cantonese) lō kwat, literally: rush orange
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Word Origin and History for loquat

1820, from Cantonese luh kwat, literally "rush orange."

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