Meaning of QUINCE in English

QUINCE

■ noun

1》 a hard, acid, pear-shaped fruit used in preserves or as flavouring.

2》 the Asian shrub or small tree which bears ~s. [ Cydonia oblonga .]

3》 ( Japanese ~ ) another term for japonica .

Origin

ME (orig. a collective plural): from OFr. cooin , from L. (malum) cotoneum , var. of (malum) cydonium 'apple of Cydonia (= Chania, in Crete)'.

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