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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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
Chinese (Cantonese) kamkwat, equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) xīn, gold + Chinese (Mandarin) jú, orange, tangerine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Cantonese 柑橘 (gam1 gwat1) or 金橘 ("golden tangerine"). Related to loquat – same second character. (Wiktionary)