kumquat

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

kumquat \kum"quat\, noun [Chin. kin keu.] (Bot.) 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. [Also spelled {cumquat}.] [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

kumquat

noun

1: any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Fortunella bearing small orange-colored edible fruits with thick sweet-flavored skin and sour pulp [syn: {kumquat}, {cumquat}, {kumquat tree}]

2: small oval citrus fruit with thin sweet rind and very acid pulp


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