Definition of kumquat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌmkwɒt/
(also cumquat)


1An orange-like fruit related to the citruses, with an edible sweet rind and acid pulp.
Example sentences
  • It went nicely with hazelnut ice cream, or poached kumquats, or even a dribbling of sabayon.
  • For pudding there was ice cream and a selection of fruit including kumquats - small Chinese oranges.
  • Consider adding whole lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits and even kumquats to main courses as they cook.
2The East Asian shrub or small tree which yields the kumquat.
  • Genus Fortunella, family Rutaceae
Example sentences
  • As the official Xinhua news agency described the scene: ‘The banquet hall, decked out with blooming narcissus and fruit-bearing kumquats, was full of cheers and laughter.’


Late 17th century: from Chinese (Cantonese dialect) kam kwat 'little orange'.

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