Definition of loquat in English:

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loquat

Pronunciation: /ˈlōˌkwät/

noun

1A small yellow egg-shaped acidic fruit.
Example sentences
  • Growing up in Kenya, my brother and I often shared the branches with a chameleon as we reached for the juicy, yellow loquats, keeping our eyes open for snakes.
  • The golden loquat is the most popular fruit in the early summer.
  • Good jams and jellies may be made from unripe loquats; and if the seeds are included these give an almond-like flavour.
2The evergreen eastern Asian tree of the rose family that bears this fruit, cultivated in subtropical regions both for its fruit and as an ornamental.
  • Eriobotrya japonica, family Rosaceae
Example sentences
  • Numerous trees, including valley oaks Quercus lobata, redwoods and loquat trees, provide shade and visual delight.
  • Although it's the depth of winter, the loquat trees are still verdant and the leaves of the osmanthus trees are fresh and green.
  • In their garden, they had jackfruit, guava, mango and loquat trees which used to give them all their supply of fruit.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Chinese dialect luh kwat 'rush orange'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: lo·quat

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