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kumquat (kŭm´kwŏt), ornamental shrub of the genus Fortunella of the family Rutaceae (rue family), closely related to the orange and other citrus fruits. It has evergreen leaves, sweet-scented white flowers, and small, orange-yellow edible fruits which are eaten fresh or in preserves. Three or four types of the kumquat, which is probably native to China, are cultivated as house and hedge plants in the Gulf states and in California. They are much hardier than most oranges. The kumquat is also called kinkan. Kumquats are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

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kum·quat / ˈkəmˌkwät/ (also cumquat) • n. 1. an orangelike fruit with an edible sweet rind and acid pulp. 2. the eastern Asian shrub or small tree (genus Fortunella) of the rue family that yields this fruit and that hybridizes with citrus trees.

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kumquat A citrus fruit Fortunella spp.; widely distributed in S. China and now cultivated elsewhere; small, ovoid, with acid pulp and sweet, edible skin. A 50‐g portion is a rich source of vitamin C and supplies 30 kcal (125 kJ).

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kumquat See FORTUNELLA.

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