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Quince

Quince Meaning & Definition
Quince Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Quince?

[n] aromatic acid-tasting pear-shaped fruit used in preserves
[n] small Asian tree with pinkish flowers and pear-shaped fruit; widely cultivated

Synonyms | Synonyms for Quince: Cydonia oblonga | quince bush

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See Also | Cydonia | Cydonia oblonga | edible fruit | false fruit | fruit tree | genus Cydonia | pome | quince | quince | quince bush

Quince In Webster's Dictionary

\Quince\, n. [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. 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. (Bot.) a quince tree or shrub. {Japan quince} (Bot.), an Eastern Asiatic shrub ({Cydonia}, formerly {Pyrus, Japonica}) and its very fragrant but inedible fruit. The shrub has very showy flowers, usually red, but sometimes pink or white, and is much grown for ornament. {Quince curculio} (Zo["o]l.), a small gray and yellow curculio ({Conotrachelus crat[ae]gi}) whose larva lives in quinces. {Quince tree} (Bot.), the small tree ({Cydonia vulgaris}) which produces the quince.

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