Quince
Quince Quince (kw[i^]ns), n. [Prob. a pl. from OE. quyne, coin, OF. coin, cooin, F. coing, from L. Cydonius a quince tree, as adj., Cydonian, Gr. ? Cydonian, ? ? a quince, fr. ? Cydonia, a city in Crete, ? the Cydonians. Cf. {Quiddany}.] 1. The fruit of a shrub ({Cydonia vulgaris}) belonging to the same tribe as the apple. It somewhat resembles an apple, but differs in having many seeds in each carpel. It has hard flesh of high flavor, but very acid, and is largely used for marmalade, jelly, and preserves. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) a quince tree or shrub. [1913 Webster]

{Japan quince} (Bot.), an Eastern Asiatic shrub ({Cydonia Japonica}, formerly {Pyrus Japonica}) and its very fragrant but inedible fruit. The shrub has very showy flowers, usually red, but sometimes pink or white, and is much grown for ornament.

{Quince curculio} (Zo["o]l.), a small gray and yellow curculio ({Conotrachelus crat[ae]gi}) whose larva lives in quinces.

{Quince tree} (Bot.), the small tree ({Cydonia vulgaris}) which produces the quince. [1913 Webster]


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  • quince — (Del lat. quindĕcim). 1. adj. Diez y cinco. 2. decimoquinto. Número quince. [m6]Año quince. Apl. a los días del mes, u. t. c. s. [m6]El quince de enero. 3. m. Conjunto de signos o cifras con que se representa el número quince. 4. Juego d …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • quince — adjetivo,pronombre numeral cardinal,sustantivo masculino 1. Cantidad que representa la cifra 15: Repitió lo mismo quince veces. adjetivo numeral ordinal,sustantivo masculino y femenino 1. Decimoquinto: el capítulo quince, el quince de agosto.… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • QUINCE — QUINCE, name of both a tree, Cydonia oblonga, and its fruit. It is not mentioned in the Bible, but in rabbinic literature it is referred to under three names: ḥavush, parish, and aspargal. Ḥavush (Aram. ḥavusha) is mentioned as being given to the …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • quince — [kwıns] n [U and C] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Plural of coyn, quyn quince (14 16 centuries), from Old French coin, from Latin cotoneum, cydoneum (malum) Cydonian (apple) , from Greek Kydonia Cydonia , ancient city in Crete] a hard yellow fruit… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • quince — (n.) early 14c., plural of quoyn, from O.Fr. cooin, from L. cotoneum malum quince fruit, probably a variant of cydonium malum, from Gk. kydonion malon apple of Kydonia (modern Khania), ancient seaport city in Crete. The plant is native to Persia …   Etymology dictionary

  • quince — [ kwıns ] noun count or uncount a hard round fruit that looks like a yellow apple and can be eaten only when it is cooked. It is usually used for making jelly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • quince — ► NOUN ▪ the hard, acid, pear shaped fruit of an Asian shrub or small tree, used in preserves or as flavouring. ORIGIN Old French cooin, from Latin malum cydonium apple of Cydonia (= Chania, in Crete) …   English terms dictionary

  • quince — [kwins] n. [ME qwince, orig. pl. of quyn < OFr cooin < VL * cotoneum, for L cydonium < Gr kydōnion (mēlon), Cydonian (apple) < Kydōnia, Cydonia, town on N coast of Crete] 1. a golden or greenish yellow, hard, apple shaped fruit of a… …   English World dictionary

  • Quince — Not to be confused with quints. For other uses, see Quince (disambiguation). Quince Cydonia oblonga flowers Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

  • Quince — (Del lat. quindecim.) ► adjetivo numeral/ sustantivo masculino 1 Se aplica al número que resulta de la suma de diez más cinco. ► adjetivo numeral/ sustantivo masculino femenino 2 Que ocupa el lugar número quince en una serie: ■ quedó la quince en …   Enciclopedia Universal

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