Definition of kumquat
: any of several small yellow to orange citrus fruits with sweet spongy rind and somewhat acid pulp that are used chiefly for preserves; also : a tree or shrub (genus Fortunella) of the rue family that bears kumquats
Recent Examples of kumquat from the Web
A recent Experimentalis bottle release, timed for the brewery's anniversary on June 10, was fruited with kumquats.
Back for another year, the Kumquat Saison collaboration with Food Forward features hundreds of pounds of kumquats harvested from backyard trees across the Southland.
Add grapefruit and kumquat and muddle until lightly crushed and juices are released.
A more appropriate scale for me would have been one based on kumquats.
The wallpaper is blooming with the clients' favorite plants — royal poinciana, acacias, orchids, geraniums, kumquats — hand-painted on faint sky-blue tea paper.
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Origin and Etymology of kumquat
Chinese (Guangdong) gām-gwāt, from gām gold + gwāt citrus fruit
First Known Use: 1699See Words from the same year
KUMQUAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kumquat for English Language Learners
: a fruit that looks like a small orange
KUMQUAT Defined for Kids
Definition of kumquat for Students
: a small citrus fruit that has a sweet rind and sour pulp and is used mostly in preserves
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