quince

A quince is a flowering tree whose fruit is also called quince. A quince looks a lot like a pear, although most varieties taste very sour.

Quince trees are often grown ornamentally, rather than for their fruit — their soft, wide pink or white blossoms are beautiful, and many varieties smell just as lovely. The fruit of some quinces is sweet enough to be eaten raw, but most is harvested for jam or jelly, or added to other fruit in pies. Quince can also be fermented and made into wine and digestifs.

Definitions of quince
  1. noun
    small Asian tree with pinkish flowers and pear-shaped fruit; widely cultivated
    synonyms: Cydonia oblonga, quince bush
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    type of:
    fruit tree
    tree bearing edible fruit
  2. noun
    aromatic acid-tasting pear-shaped fruit used in preserves
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    type of:
    edible fruit
    edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
    false fruit, pome
    a fleshy fruit (apple or pear or related fruits) having seed chambers and an outer fleshy part
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