Origin of quince
- 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
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French cooing (modern coing), from Late Latin cotōneum < mālum cotōneum, a variant of mālum Cydonium (“Cydonian apple"), translating Ancient Greek μήλον κυδώνιον (melon kudonion).