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cumquat

[kuhm-kwot] /ˈkʌm kwɒt/
noun
1.

kumquat

[kuhm-kwot] /ˈkʌm kwɒt/
noun
1.
a small, round or oblong citrus fruit having a sweet rind and acid pulp, used chiefly for preserves.
2.
any of several citrus shrubs of the genus Fortunella, native to China, that bear this fruit.
Origin of kumquat
dialectal Chinese
1865-1870
1865-70; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) gāmgwāt gold citrus fruit, akin to Chinese jīnjù
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British Dictionary definitions for cumquats

cumquat

/ˈkʌmkwɒt/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of kumquat

kumquat

/ˈkʌmkwɒt/
noun
1.
any of several small Chinese trees of the rutaceous genus Fortunella
2.
the small round orange fruit of such a tree, with a sweet rind, used in preserves and confections
Word Origin
C17: from Chinese (Cantonese) kam kwat, representing Mandarin Chinese chin chü golden orange
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Word Origin and History for cumquats

kumquat

n.

1690s, from Chinese (Cantonese) kamkwat, from kam "golden" + kwat "orange." Cantonese dialectal form of Chinese kin-ku.

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