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Meaning of QUINCE

Pronunciation:  kwins

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  aromatic acid-tasting pear-shaped fruit used in preserves
  2. [n]  small Asian tree with pinkish flowers and pear-shaped fruit; widely cultivated

QUINCE is a 6 letter word that starts with Q.


 Synonyms: Cydonia oblonga, quince bush
 See Also: Cydonia, Cydonia oblonga, edible fruit, false fruit, fruit tree, genus Cydonia, pome, quince, quince, quince bush



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Quince\, n. [Prob. a pl. from OE. quyne, coin, OF. coin,
cooin, F. coing, from L. Cydonius a quince tree, as adj.,
Cydonian, Gr. ? Cydonian, ? ? a quince, fr. ? Cydonia, a city
in Crete, ? the Cydonians. Cf. {Quiddany}.]
1. The fruit of a shrub ({Cydonia vulgaris}) belonging to the
   same tribe as the apple. It somewhat resembles an apple,
   but differs in having many seeds in each carpel. It has
   hard flesh of high flavor, but very acid, and is largely
   used for marmalade, jelly, and preserves.

2. (Bot.) a quince tree or shrub.

{Japan quince} (Bot.), an Eastern Asiatic shrub ({Cydonia},
   formerly {Pyrus, Japonica}) and its very fragrant but
   inedible fruit. The shrub has very showy flowers, usually
   red, but sometimes pink or white, and is much grown for

{Quince curculio} (Zo["o]l.), a small gray and yellow
   curculio ({Conotrachelus crat[ae]gi}) whose larva lives in

{Quince tree} (Bot.), the small tree ({Cydonia vulgaris})
   which produces the quince.