loquat

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English[edit]

Loquat fruit

Etymology[edit]

From Cantonese 蘆橘芦橘 (lou4 gwat1), an older word.

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loquat ‎(plural loquats)

  1. The Eriobotrya japonica tree.
    • 1811, William Aiton, Hortus Kewensis; or, A catalogue of the plants cultivated in the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew[1], volume 3:
      Japan Mespilus, or Loquat.
    • 1915, Ira Judson Condit, The Loquat[2], page 254:
      As far as the eye can see, one observes nothing but loquat orchards growing luxuriantly on the low, rich land, where the roots never suffer from lack of water.
    • 2009, Howard Camner, Turbulence at 67 Inches: The Autobiography[3], page 61:
      I climbed up into the loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) tree in our backyard to think.
  2. The fruit of this tree. It is as large as a small plum, but grows in clusters, and contains four or five large seeds.

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