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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 Light yellow; aromas of plum, lemon peel, quince and orange blossom. Tom Hyland, Forbes, "New Releases From Champagne," 11 Apr. 2021 What to do this week Cut naked stems of April-blooming shrubs such as forsythia, fothergilla, magnolia, Amelanchier, PJM rhododendron, cherry, pear, and flowering quince on a warm day. BostonGlobe.com, "Ask the Gardener: Why you should clean up less and later," 28 Mar. 2021 Prune spring-blooming shrubs such as forsythia, viburnum, lilac and quince. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "12 dos and don’ts for early spring gardening," 21 Mar. 2021 Like a lot of plants, quince blooms sequentially from the bottom up. Washington Post, "Forced branches can bring a bit of early spring indoors," 3 Mar. 2021 Indian hawthorn, flowering quince, wisteria, mountain laurel and other woody perennials will probably come through the cold snap unfazed, although some of the higher branches may be dead. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "The freeze-damaged plants in San Antonio yards have homeowners asking: How do I help my plants recover?," 23 Feb. 2021 This brisk chenin blanc has aromas of damson plum, cantaloupe, wild chamomile and fresh straw, with flavors of quince, pear, walnuts and honeycomb. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "6 Pacific Northwest wine surprises from 2020," 23 Jan. 2021 Like fruitcake in a jar, the confiture is jam-packed with quince, fig, pear, date, prune, apricot, raisin, citrus, nuts and spices ($15 for roughly 7 ounces). Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "Stock your fridge and pantry with these 12 products made by Twin Cities restaurants," 15 Jan. 2021 Their shorter aging regimen results in a more forward and direct wine, full of bright green apple and quince. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "7 festive California sparkling wines to celebrate making it through 2020," 23 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of quince was in the 14th century

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14 Apr 2021

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“Quince.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quince. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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