Meaning of QUINCE in English

QUINCE

n.

Pronunciation: ' kwin(t)s

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English quynce quinces, plural of coyn, quyn quince, from Anglo-French coign, from Latin cotoneum, alteration cydonium, from Greek kyd ō nion

Date: 14th century

1 : the fruit of a central Asian tree ( Cydonia oblonga ) of the rose family that resembles a hard-fleshed yellow apple and is used especially in preserves

2 : a tree that bears quinces ― compare JAPANESE QUINCE

quince

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