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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Quince  \Quince\,  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. 
  2.  (Bot.)  a  quince  tree  or  shrub. 
  {Japan  quince}  (Bot.),  an  Eastern  Asiatic  shrub  ({Cydonia}, 
  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 
  {Quince  curculio}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  gray  and  yellow 
  curculio  ({Conotrachelus  crat[ae]gi})  whose  larva  lives  in 
  {Quince  tree}  (Bot.),  the  small  tree  ({Cydonia  vulgaris}) 
  which  produces  the  quince. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  small  Asian  tree  with  pinkish  flowers  and  pear-shaped  fruit; 
  widely  cultivated  [syn:  {quince  bush},  {Cydonia  oblonga}] 
  2:  aromatic  acid-tasting  pear-shaped  fruit  used  in  preserves 

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