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quince

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noun \ˈkwin(t)s\

Simple Definition of quince

  • : the yellow fruit of an Asian tree that is used for making jam, jelly, etc.

  • : the tree that produces quince

Full Definition of quince

  1. 1 :  the fruit of a central Asian tree (Cydonia oblonga) of the rose family that resembles a hard-fleshed yellow apple and is used especially in preserves

  2. 2 :  a tree that bears quinces — compare Japanese quince

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Origin of quince

Middle English quynce quinces, plural of coyn, quyn quince, from Anglo-French coign, from Latin cotoneum, alteration cydonium, from Greek kydōnion


First Known Use: 14th century

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quince

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noun \ˈkwin(t)s\

Medical Definition of quince

  1. :  the fruit of a central Asian tree of the genus Cydonia (C. oblonga) that resembles a hard-fleshed yellow apple; also :  the tree



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