Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Fortunella, having small, edible, orangelike fruit.
  • n. The fruit of these plants, having an acid pulp and a thin, edible rind. It is the smallest of the citrus fruits.

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  • n. A small, orange citrus-like fruit which is native to Asia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Fortunella (formerly Citrus) of the rue family (Rutaceae) (especially Citrus Japonica) growing in China and Japan bearing small orange-colored edible fruits with thick sweet-flavored skin and sour pulp; also, any of the small acid, orange-colored citrus fruits of such plants, used mostly for preserves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See cumquat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Fortunella bearing small orange-colored edible fruits with thick sweet-flavored skin and sour pulp
  • n. small oval citrus fruit with thin sweet rind and very acid pulp

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Chinese (Cantonese) kamkwat, equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) xīn, gold + Chinese (Mandarin) , orange, tangerine.

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From Cantonese 柑橘 (gam1 gwat1) or 金橘 ("golden tangerine"). Related to loquat – same second character.

Examples

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  • Also cumquat. In Australia it's not widespread as a commercial fruit. It's popular as an ornamental citrus, and one that will do well in colder areas. Some people make marmalade from the fruit.

    November 25, 2008

  • are you all serious? i've ne'er had the pleasure of this kumquat... i'll have to locate one.

    November 25, 2008

  • Too true, kewpid. I accidentally bought some all-sweet kumquats the other month, and they weren't worth eating. (I didn't read the label.) But I suspect all-sour kumquats would lack something too.

    June 24, 2008

  • Yummy! Though I kinda like them because of the sour core, not the sweet exterior.

    January 24, 2008

  • Oh, man, kumquats are great. Tart, sweet; pop 'em in your mouth and eat 'em whole... And don't forget the limequat, lemonquat and the rest of their -quat ilk. Dade City, Fla., has an annual kumquat festival.

    January 24, 2008

  • Do you always have to sound so flirtatious, you big kumquat tart?

    January 24, 2008

  • I love it too...who wants to eat them. They sound so kinky :)

    January 24, 2008

  • My favourite word.

    January 18, 2007