: a genus of Asian shrubs (family Rosaceae) comprising the flowering quinces and having alternate serrate leaves, 5-petaled flowers, and many seeds in each cell of the ovary see japanese quince

Word History


New Latin, from chaeno- (from Greek chainein) + -meles (irregular from Greek mēlon apple, fruit)

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near Chaenomeles

Cite this Entry

“Chaenomeles.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!