[Fr. coing, from 1. cydonius, a quince tree; so called from the town of Cydonia, in Crete, which was noted for its quinces.] The fruit of a shrub which grows in mild climates, and belongs to the same family as the apple. The fruit is usually pear-shaped, but some quinces look more like an apple. Quinces possess a hard flesh of high flavor, but very acid, and though not good to eat raw, they are largely used for marmalade, jelly, and preserves.