quince

noun
\ ˈkwin(t)s How to pronounce quince (audio) \

Definition of quince

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 : a tree that bears quinces — compare Japanese quince

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Examples of quince in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An abundance of luscious grapes and juicy figs beckoned, along with great baskets of quinces, lemons, oranges and pomegranates. David Tanis, New York Times, "In the Mood for Turkish Food," 1 Nov. 2019 Each sample — raspberry, plum, sour cherry, Williams pear, quince, hazelnut — offered a full harvest season condensed into a moment. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, "Following a trail of schnapps through Germany’s storied Black Forest," 25 Oct. 2019 Each sample - raspberry, plum, sour cherry, Williams pear, quince, hazelnut - offered a full harvest season condensed into a moment. Liza Weisstuch, chicagotribune.com, "A spirited tour through Germany’s Black Forest," 25 Oct. 2019 Pâté, coarsely textured and studded with pistachios, is served on toast with honey, pickled mushrooms, cornichons and a quince puree, a nice balancing of salty, savory and sweet. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Now in its third home, Metro Bis in Simsbury offers five-star harmony of setting, service and food," 18 Sep. 2019 This delightful version, mainly from the viura grape, is crisp and refreshing, with hints of quince, star fruit and straw. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "At $20, this aromatic Chilean red blend is actually a massive bargain," 6 Sep. 2019 There are stews made with cardoons and with apples or quinces in the fall, and with peaches in the late summer. Los Angeles Times, "Two Iranian American food writers talk Persian restaurant menus and home cooking," 10 Aug. 2019 Current standouts include the North Sea shellfish and the goose liver with quince. Ashley Mateo, WSJ, "This Amsterdam Neighborhood Is Europe’s Newest Boho Paradise," 3 Oct. 2018 Similar diseases called cedar-quince rust and cedar-hawthorn rust affect junipers and other trees that, like apples, are members of the rose family. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Orange growths on juniper trees signal cedar-apple rust," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of quince

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quince

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

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quince

noun
How to pronounce quince (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of quince

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

quince

noun
\ ˈkwins How to pronounce quince (audio) \

Kids Definition of quince

: a hard sour yellow fruit that resembles an apple, grows on a shrubby Asian tree, and is used especially in jams and jellies

quince

noun
\ ˈkwin(t)s How to pronounce quince (audio) \

Medical Definition of quince

: 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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