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quince (noun)
the fruit of a central Asian tree () of the rose family that resembles a hard-fleshed yellow apple and is used especially in preserves - Cydonia oblonga
a tree that bears - quinces compare Japanese quince
Quince (Wikipedia)

The quince (/ˈkwɪns/; Cydonia oblonga) is the sole member of the genus Cydonia in the family Rosaceae (which also contains apples and pears, among other fruits). It is a deciduous tree that bears hard, aromatic bright golden-yellow pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear. Ripe quince fruits are hard and tart and seldom eaten raw, but are processed into marmalade, jam, paste (known as quince cheese) or alcoholic beverages.

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Cydonia oblonga fruit and tree
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Amygdaloideae
Tribe: Maleae
Subtribe: Malinae
Genus: Cydonia
C. oblonga
Binomial name
Cydonia oblonga

C. vulgaris

The quince tree is grown as an ornamental plant for its attractive pale pink blossoms and other ornamental qualities.

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