- 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 kyd?nion (m?lon), Cydonian (apple) ; from Kyd?nia, 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 cot&omacron;neum (malum), quince (fruit), probably variant of cyd&omacron;nium, from Greek dialectal kud&omacron;nion (malon), alteration (influenced by Kud&omacron;nia, Cydonia, an ancient city of northwest Crete) of kodumalon.
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).