American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See cumquat.
- n. A small, orange citrus-like fruit which is native to Asia.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- 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
- From Cantonese 柑橘 (gam1 gwat1) or 金橘 ("golden tangerine"). Related to loquat – same second character. (Wiktionary)
- Chinese (Cantonese) kamkwat, equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) xīn, gold + Chinese (Mandarin) jú, orange, tangerine. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For anyone who's never tried one, a kumquat is about the size of a cherry tomato, and is somewhat like an orange in flavor and scent, except that the peel is sweet (and edible) and what little fruit there is is tart.”
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“My first task was to debone Duck confit after which the Restaurant decided to change an ingredient in a dish from quince to kumquat which put me in a position where my job was to seed kumquats for 5 hours.”
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