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loquat

[loh-kwot, -kwat] /ˈloʊ kwɒt, -kwæt/
noun
1.
a small evergreen tree, Eriobotrya japonica, native to China and Japan, cultivated as an ornamental and for its yellow, plumlike fruit.
2.
the fruit itself.
Also called Japanese plum.
Origin
dialectal Chinese
1810-1820
1810-20; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) lōkwat, akin to Chinese lújú
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loquat

/ˈləʊkwɒt; -kwət/
noun
1.
an ornamental evergreen rosaceous tree, Eriobotrya japonica, of China and Japan, having reddish woolly branches, white flowers, and small yellow edible plumlike fruits
2.
the fruit of this tree
US and Canadian name Japan plum
Word Origin
C19: from Chinese (Cantonese) lō kwat, literally: rush orange
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Word Origin and History for loquat
n.

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

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