[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.
Also called Japanese plum.

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

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loquat (ˈləʊkwɒt, -kwət)
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
[C19: from Chinese (Cantonese) lō kwat, literally: rush orange]

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