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1. A small evergreen tree (Eriobotrya japonica) in the rose family, native to China and Japan, having fragrant white flowers and pear-shaped yellow fruit with large seeds.
2. The edible fruit of this plant.
[Cantonese lou4 gwat1 (literally, reed tangerine, perhaps because it grows best in moist rich lowland soil ) : lou4, a species of reed (from Middle Chinese luə̆; also the source of Mandarin lú) + gwat1, mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata), tangerine (from Middle Chinese kjyt; also the source of Mandarin jú; see kumquat).]
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nUS and Canadian name: Japan plum
1. (Plants) an ornamental evergreen rosaceous tree, Eriobotrya japonica, of China and Japan, having reddish woolly branches, white flowers, and small yellow edible plumlike fruits
2. (Plants) the fruit of this tree
[C19: from Chinese (Cantonese) lō kwat, literally: rush orange]
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lo•quat(ˈloʊ kwɒt, -kwæt)
1. a small evergreen tree, Eriobotrya japonica, native to China and Japan, cultivated as an ornamental and for its yellow, plumlike fruit.
2. the fruit itself.
[1810–20; < dial. Chinese (Guangdong) làuhgwāt, akin to Chinese lújú]
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|Noun||1.||loquat - evergreen tree of warm regions having fuzzy yellow olive-sized fruit with a large free stone; native to China and Japan|
loquat, Japanese plum - yellow olive-sized semitropical fruit with a large free stone and relatively little flesh; used for jellies
fruit tree - tree bearing edible fruit
|2.||loquat - yellow olive-sized semitropical fruit with a large free stone and relatively little flesh; used for jellies|
edible fruit - edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
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