Ripe quinces on a tree.
- a golden or greenish-yellow, hard, apple-shaped fruit of a small tree (Cydonia oblonga) of the rose family, used in preserves
- the tree
Origin of quinceMiddle English qwince, origin, originally plural of quyn ; from Old French cooin ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form cotoneum, for Classical Latin cydonium ; from Classical Greek kydōnion (mēlon), Cydonian (apple) ; from Kydōnia, Cydonia, town on northern coast of Crete
- A shrub or small tree (Cydonia oblonga) in the rose family, native to western Asia, having white or pink flowers and hard yellow pear-shaped fruit.
- The aromatic, many-seeded fruit of this plant, usually used for jelly or in cooked dishes.
Origin of quinceMiddle English quynce, pl. of quyn, quince, from Old French cooin, from Latin cotōneum (mālum), quince (fruit), probably variant of cydōnium, from Greek dialectal kudōnion (mālon), alteration (influenced by Kudōniā, Cydonia, an ancient city of northwest Crete) of kodumālon.
From Old French cooing (modern coing), from Late Latin cotÅneum < mÄlum cotÅneum, a variant of mÄlum Cydonium (“Cydonian apple"), translating Ancient Greek Î¼Î®Î»Î¿Î½ ÎºÏ…Î´ÏŽÎ½Î¹Î¿Î½ (melon kudonion).