kumquat

kum"quat

(?), n. [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]

 

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