Japan 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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quince curculio — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quince tree — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quince — /kwins/, n. 1. either of two small trees, Cydonia oblonga or C. sinensis, of the rose family, bearing hard, fragrant, yellowish fruit used chiefly for making jelly or preserves. 2. the fruit of such a tree. [1275 1325; ME quince, appar. orig. pl …   Universalium

  • Japanese quince — Jap′anese quince′ n. pln a flowering quince, Chaenomeles speciosa, of Japan, having scarlet flowers and pear shaped fruit • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang

  • Japanese quince — a flowering quince, Chaenomeles speciosa, of Japan, having scarlet flowers and pear shaped fruit. [1895 1900] * * * …   Universalium

  • maule's quince — noun deciduous thorny shrub native to Japan having red blossoms • Syn: ↑japonica, ↑Chaenomeles japonica • Hypernyms: ↑flowering quince …   Useful english dictionary

  • Japanese quince — noun Date: 1900 either of two ornamental shrubs (Chaenomeles speciosa syn. C. lagenaria of China and C. japonica of Japan) of the rose family with usually scarlet, pink, or white flowers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Conotrachelus crataegi — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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