One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small yellow egg-shaped acidic fruit.
- ‘The golden loquat is the most popular fruit in the early summer.’
- ‘The 13 kinds of fruit are sugar apples, pineapples, papayas, star fruits, mangoes, guavas, bell fruits, grapefruits, coconuts, loquats, plums, peaches and persimmons.’
- ‘Good jams and jellies may be made from unripe loquats; and if the seeds are included these give an almond-like flavour.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And when taken in the commonly available syrup form, loquat soothes irritation in your throat.’
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
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Along the way, I recognized peach, orange and loquat trees.’
Early 19th century: from Chinese dialect luh kwat ‘rush orange’.
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