[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.

Nearby words

  1. lopstick,
  2. loq.,
  3. loquacious,
  4. loquaciously,
  5. loquacity,
  6. loquitur,
  7. lor,
  8. lorain,
  9. lorain-lévi syndrome,
  10. loraine

Origin of loquat

1810–20; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) lōkwat, akin to Chinese lújú

Also called Japanese plum.

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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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