Ripe quinces on a tree.
quince definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
quince definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A western Asian shrub or tree (Cydonia oblonga) having white flowers and hard applelike fruit.
- The aromatic, many-seeded fruit of this plant, edible only when cooked.
Origin: Middle 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.