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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
quince /kwɪns/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Plant Biology[countable] a small tree of the rose family, giving hard, yellowish fruit used for making preserves.
  2. Plant Biology[uncountable] the fruit of such a tree.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
quince  (kwins),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Plant Biologyeither of two small trees, Cydonia oblonga or C. sinensis, of the rose family, bearing hard, fragrant, yellowish fruit used chiefly for making jelly or preserves.
  2. Plant Biologythe fruit of such a tree.
  • Greek (mêlon) Kydó̄nion quince, literally, (apple) of Cydonia
  • Latin cotōneum, akin to cydōnium
  • Middle French cooin
  • Middle English quince, apparently origin, originally plural (taken as singular) of quyne, coyn 1275–1325

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
quince /kwɪns/ n
  1. a small widely cultivated Asian rosaceous tree, Cydonia oblonga, with pinkish-white flowers and edible pear-shaped fruits
  2. the acid-tasting fruit of this tree, much used in preserves
  3. Also: Japanese or flowering quince
    another name for japonica
Etymology: 14th Century qwince plural of quyn quince, from Old French coin, from Latin cotōneum, from Greek kudōnion quince, Cydonian (apple)
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