\ˈkwin(t)s \

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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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 Sausage, pork belly and quince top thick baguette slices. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These rooftop bars and restaurants will help you live your best summer," 18 June 2018 The Peruvian dark chocolate combines orange blossom and quince notes while the Madagascar beans boast bright citrus and caramel. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Thomas Keller thinks he perfected chocolate by adding this unusual ingredient | The Sacramento Bee," 6 May 2018 Flowering quince is stunning in late winter, but unattractive the rest of the year. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "The garden of unreasonable expectations. It sounds like a Harry Potter book, but it's real | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 Apr. 2018 Piles of smoked cherries, kimchi, guanciale, smoked salmon, whole grain mustard, lamb prosciutto and quince jelly were spaced out well enough on the table for people to scoop them up with their fingers. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "A new dinner with Indy's best chefs is selling out at $150 a plate. Here's why.," 19 Mar. 2018 Think torta della nonna with yuzu, pine nut, and salted black bean gelato; robiola due latte with amaretti, kabocha squash, and red currant; and fior di latte gelato with quince jam. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "10 women pastry chefs you should know in the Boston area," 22 Mar. 2018 Spread cheese on toast; top with quince paste and pecans and serve. Jesse Griffiths, Country Living, "Blue Cheese Toasts with Praline Pecans," 15 June 2010 There’s no substitute for quince, which is closely related to apples and pears. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "18 Middle Eastern-Inspired Recipes We Absolutely Love," 5 Feb. 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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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


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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


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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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