One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small yellow egg-shaped acidic fruit.
- ‘The 13 kinds of fruit are sugar apples, pineapples, papayas, star fruits, mangoes, guavas, bell fruits, grapefruits, coconuts, loquats, plums, peaches and persimmons.’
- ‘The golden loquat is the most popular fruit in the early summer.’
- ‘Good jams and jellies may be made from unripe loquats; and if the seeds are included these give an almond-like flavour.’
- ‘And when taken in the commonly available syrup form, loquat soothes irritation in your throat.’
- ‘Growing up in Kenya, my brother and I often shared the branches with a chameleon as we reached for the juicy, yellow loquats, keeping our eyes open for snakes.’
2The evergreen eastern Asian tree of the rose family that bears the loquat, cultivated in subtropical regions both for its fruit and as an ornamental.
Eriobotrya japonica, family Rosaceae
- ‘Along the way, I recognized peach, orange and loquat trees.’
- ‘Because the loquat, or Japanese plum, is symmetrical and has a dense, evergreen crown, it is desirable in the home landscape.’
- ‘Although it's the depth of winter, the loquat trees are still verdant and the leaves of the osmanthus trees are fresh and green.’
- ‘In their garden, they had jackfruit, guava, mango and loquat trees which used to give them all their supply of fruit.’
- ‘Numerous trees, including valley oaks Quercus lobata, redwoods and loquat trees, provide shade and visual delight.’
Early 19th century: from Chinese dialect luh kwat ‘rush orange’.
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