kumquat

noun
kum·​quat | \ˈkəm-ˌkwät \

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

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Place lettuce and kumquats in a bowl and drizzle with Desert Blossom Honey Vinaigrette (recipe below). Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Recipes: Summer salads from Arizona chef show it's a great time to eat healthy," 5 June 2018 Carrots can range from 4 to 18 — similar to kumquats, mangoes and raspberries. Tara Parker-pope, New York Times, "A Surprising Way to Eat Vegetables: For Dessert," 17 Apr. 2018 There’s a variety, the romanesco artichoke, that grows to modest dimensions; once trimmed, the heart is the size of a kumquat. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "The Perfect Accompaniment to a Negroni," 19 June 2018 This could be a clever take on Peking duck, with kumquats standing in for hoisin sauce and spelt crepes for the usual pancakes. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "Dinner in an almost classical mode, at Mooncusser Fish House," 9 Apr. 2018 The inside of the kumquat is sour (and contains a seed), but the skin has a sweet taste to it. Houston Chronicle, "Can banana aging be foiled?," 26 June 2018 Then, during their meal together, Winfrey and Ragland dined on a dessert made with kumquats. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Oprah and Meghan Markle's Mom Bonded Over a Yoga Date With Fresh Fruit," 12 June 2018 In the case of Doria Ragland, mother to the Duchess of Sussex (formerly known as Meghan Markle), that meant fresh kumquats. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Oprah and Meghan Markle's Mom Bonded Over a Yoga Date With Fresh Fruit," 12 June 2018 Drizzle goat cheese, walnuts and kumquats with remaining dressing. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Recipes: Summer salads from Arizona chef show it's a great time to eat healthy," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of kumquat

1699, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kumquat

Chinese (Guangdong) gām-gwāt, from gām gold + gwāt citrus fruit

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kumquat

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English Language Learners Definition of kumquat

: a fruit that looks like a small orange

kumquat

noun
kum·​quat | \ˈkəm-ˌkwät \

Kids Definition of kumquat

: a small citrus fruit that has a sweet rind and sour pulp and is used mostly in preserves

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