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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 Each of the scents is a new proposition; Skies leans aquatic and earthy with notes of quince, lotus flower, and seaweed, while Love is a woodsy nature walk through a mossy field of cloudberry. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2022 Gather branches of quince, forsythia and flowering cherries and bring them indoors to force an early bloom. Trade-name products and services are mentioned as illustrations only. oregonlive, 3 Jan. 2022 Clean tart green apple and pear expression with quince making a tart appearance—one of many Chardonnay gems coming out of this Oregon AVA (and stay tuned for more on that). Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 When ready to serve, garnish with the reserved quince and the mint and serve cold. Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2021 Today, Chaenomeles speciosa is the most common flowering quince in the trade, with even some thornless varieties available. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 7 Mar. 2022 Flowering quince is an heirloom plant, that was grown in your grandmother’s garden. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 7 Mar. 2022 While the menu features influences ranging from Japan to the Levant, the flavors are distinctly Tucson thanks to the mesquite-fire-centric kitchen and hyper-local ingredients like quince from Mission Garden, a local living agricultural museum. Jackie Tran, Bon Appétit, 18 Feb. 2022 Ghazarian likes to chop raw quince and add it to stuffing for roast turkey or pork. Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quince. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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