kumquat

kumquat

[kuhm-kwot]
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.
Also, cumquat.


Origin:
1865–70; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) gāmgwāt gold citrus fruit, akin to Chinese jīnjù

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kumquat or cumquat (ˈkʌmkwɒt)
 
n
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
 
[C17: from Chinese (Cantonese) kam kwat, representing Mandarin Chinese chin chü golden orange]
 
cumquat or cumquat
 
n
 
[C17: from Chinese (Cantonese) kam kwat, representing Mandarin Chinese chin chü golden orange]

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kumquat
1699, from Chinese (Cantonese) kamkwat, from kam "golden" + kwat "orange." Cantonese pronunciation of Chinese kin-ku.
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