quince

noun \ ˈkwin(t)s \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of quince

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

QUINCE Defined for English Language Learners

quince

noun

Definition of quince for English Language Learners

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

  • : the tree that produces quince


QUINCE Defined for Kids

quince

noun \ ˈkwins \

Definition of quince for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

quince

noun \ ˈkwin(t)s \

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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