- 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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Examples from the Web for loquat
There grew she to peerless beauty where loquat and almond scent the air.Ulysses
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.Japanese Fairy Tales
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
- 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
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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