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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


  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

  3. Origin: [Prob. a pl. from OE. quyne, coin, OF. coin, cooin, F. coing, from L. Cydonius a quince tree, as adj., Cydonian, Gr. Cydonian, a quince, fr. Cydonia, a city in Crete, the Cydonians. Cf. Quiddany.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quince

    kwins, n. the golden, globose or pear-shaped, fragrant fruit of a large shrub or small tree (Pyrus Cydonia) of the rose family, too austere to be eaten raw, but excellent for jellies, marmalade, and flavouring other fruits. [Pl. of quine—O. Fr. coin (Fr. coing)—L. cydonium—Gr. Cydōnia, in Crete.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quince in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quince in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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