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[loh-kwot, -kwat] /ˈloʊ kwɒt, -kwæt/
a small evergreen tree, Eriobotrya japonica, native to China and Japan, cultivated as an ornamental and for its yellow, plumlike fruit.
the fruit itself.
Also called Japanese plum.
Origin of loquat
dialectal Chinese
1810-20; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) lōkwat, akin to Chinese lújú Unabridged
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  • 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
  • There grew she to peerless beauty where loquat and almond scent the air.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • 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 Grace James
  • Other fairly common fruit trees are the quince and loquat, or Japanese medlar.

  • The sun was shining; the air was heavy with the perfume of the loquat blossoms; a delicious languor lay over all.

    The Fortunate Isles Mary Stuart Boyd
British Dictionary definitions for loquat


/ˈləʊkwɒt; -kwət/
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
C19: from Chinese (Cantonese) lō kwat, literally: rush orange
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for loquat

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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