Quince meaning

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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.
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The aromatic, many-seeded fruit of this plant, usually used for jelly or in cooked dishes.
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A golden or greenish-yellow, hard, apple-shaped fruit of a small tree (Cydonia oblonga) of the rose family, used in preserves.
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The pear-shaped fruit of a small tree of the rose family, Cydonia oblonga.
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The deciduous tree bearing such fruit, native to Asia.
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The tree.
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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).

    From Wiktionary