- a small widely cultivated Asian rosaceous tree, Cydonia oblonga, with pinkish-white flowers and edible pear-shaped fruits
- the acid-tasting fruit of this tree, much used in preserves
- Also: Japanese or flowering quince
another name for japonica
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quince /kwɪns/USA pronunciation n.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Plant Biology[countable] a small tree of the rose family, giving hard, yellowish fruit used for making preserves.
- Plant Biology[uncountable] the fruit of such a tree.
quince (kwins),USA pronunciation n.
- 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.
- 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
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