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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

quince(n.)

  1. a small tree, Cydonia oblonga, of the rose family, bearing hard, fragrant, yellowish fruit used chiefly for making jelly or preserves.

    Category: Plants

  2. the fruit of such a tree.

    Category: Plants

Origin of quince:

1275–1325; ME, appar. orig. pl. (taken as sing.) of quyne, coyn < MF cooin < L cotōneum, akin to cydōnium < Gk (mêlon) Kydṓnion quince, lit., (apple) of Cydonia

Princeton's WordNet

  1. quince, quince bush, Cydonia oblonga(noun)

    small Asian tree with pinkish flowers and pear-shaped fruit; widely cultivated

  2. quince(noun)

    aromatic acid-tasting pear-shaped fruit used in preserves

Wiktionary

  1. quince(Noun)

    The pear-shaped fruit of a small tree of the rose family, Cydonia oblonga.

  2. quince(Noun)

    The deciduous tree bearing such fruit, native to Asia.

  3. Origin: From Old French cooin (modern coing), from late Latin (malum) cotoneum, a variant of malum Cydonium ‘Cydonian apple’, translating Greek μήλον κυδώνιον.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quince(noun)

    the fruit of a shrub (Cydonia vulgaris) belonging to the same tribe as the apple. It somewhat resembles an apple, but differs in having many seeds in each carpel. It has hard flesh of high flavor, but very acid, and is largely used for marmalade, jelly, and preserves

  2. Quince(noun)

    a quince tree or shrub

Freebase

  1. Quince

    The quince, is a small, deciduous tree that bears a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear, and bright golden-yellow when mature. The fruit is edible when cooked and there is a long history of this, but the tree is also grown for its attractive pale pink blossom and other ornamental qualities. The tree grows 5 to 8 metres high and 4 to 6 metres wide. The fruit is 7 to 12 centimetres long and 6 to 9 centimetres across. It is native to rocky slopes and woodland margins in South-west Asia, Turkey and Iran although it can be grown successfully at latitudes as far north as Scotland. It should not be confused with its relative, the Flowering Quince,. Quince, Cydonia oblonga, is the sole member of the genus Cydonia in the family Rosaceae. The immature fruit is green with dense grey-white pubescence, most of which rubs off before maturity in late autumn when the fruit changes colour to yellow with hard, strongly perfumed flesh. The leaves are alternately arranged, simple, 6–11 cm long, with an entire margin and densely pubescent with fine white hairs. The flowers, produced in spring after the leaves, are white or pink, 5 cm across, with five petals.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

quince(noun)

a fruit with a sharp taste, used in making jam etc.

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