kum·​quat | \ ˈkəm-ˌkwät How to pronounce kumquat (audio) \

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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Plant tender avocados, citrus, kiwis, kumquats, and pomegranates now through June. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018 At their last meeting together, the parting gift Sheng gave my pregnant mother was three small kumquats, symbols of good fortune and prosperity. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Fluid Mechanics" by Mabel Yu," 2 June 2018 Alternatively, take a dip in the fresh saltwater pool, grab a seat in the garden and work amongst the hummingbirds and butterflies, or chill in one of the poolside cabanas that are covered in kumquat trees. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "7 Exclusive Social Clubs Where Non-Members Can Stay the Night," 17 July 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of kumquat

: a fruit that looks like a small orange


kum·​quat | \ ˈkəm-ˌkwät How to pronounce kumquat (audio) \

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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