kumquat

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noun kum·quat \ˈkəm-ˌkwät\

Definition of kumquat

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of kumquat

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


First Known Use: 1699


KUMQUAT Defined for English Language Learners

kumquat

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noun kum·quat \ˈkəm-ˌkwät\

Definition of kumquat for English Language Learners

  • : a fruit that looks like a small orange


KUMQUAT Defined for Kids

kumquat

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noun kum·quat \ˈkəm-ˌkwät\

Definition of kumquat for Students

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



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