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Japanese quince


a deciduous thorny shrub native to China having red or white blossoms


plant noun (plants and fungi)


Japanese quinces

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Princeton WordNet


Chaenomeles speciosa [species] | C. speciosa [abbreviation, species]

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a genus of three species of deciduous spiny shrubs, usually 1-3 m tall, in the family Rosaceae. They are native to eastern Asia in Japan, China and Korea. These plants are related to the quince and the Chinese quince, differing in the serrated leaves,... (44 of 752 words, 3 images)


Collins Dictionary:

japonica | Chaenomeles japonica [species, sense-specific] | Japanese quince [synonym, sense-specific] | flowering quince [synonym, sense-specific] | camellia [synonym, sense-specific]

a Japanese rosaceous shrubcultivated for its red flowers and yellowish fruit | another name for the "camellia" (16 of 293 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

quince | Japanese quince | flowering quince | Cydonia oblonga [species]

shrub or small tree of the Asian genera "Chaenomeles" and "Cydonia" of the family Rosaceae (rose family). The common quince is a spineless tree with ... (25 of 206 words)


Oxford Dictionary:

japonica | Japanese quince [synonym, sense-specific]

an Asian shrub of the rose family, with bright red flowers followed by round white, green, or yellow edible fruits. | Genus Chaenomeles, family ... (23 of 66 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)



Japanese quince | japonica [Japanese quince]

either of two ornamental shrubs (Chaenomeles speciosa synonym C. lagenaria of China and C. japonica of Japan) of the rose family with usually scarlet, ... (24 of 42 words)

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New World Dictionary:

Japanese quince | flowering quince

a spiny plant (Chaenomeles lagenaria) of the rose family, with pink or red flowers and hard, fragrant, greenish-yellow fruit | the fruit (21 of 23 words, 2 definitions)


American Heritage Dictionary:

Japanese quince | Chaenomeles speciosa [species]

A Chinese ornamental shrub "(Chaenomeles speciosa") having spiny branches, sharply serrate leaves, and red or white flowers. (17 of 20 words)


Random House Dictionary:

Japanese quince | Chaenomeles speciosa [species]

a flowering quince of Japan, having scarlet flowers and pear-shaped fruit. (11 of 15 words)




A taxonomic genus within the family Rosaceae. (7 of 10 words, 1 image)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

flowering quince [plant]

any shrub of the genus Chaenomeles within the rose family. The three known species are native to eastern Asia but cultivated in other regions for the ... (26 of 67 words, 1 image)


Encarta Dictionary:

Japanese quince | Japanese quinces [plural]

an aromatic round white, yellow, or green fruit that is hard and acidic when raw but is edible after processing | an ornamental bush of the rose ... (26 of 69 words, 2 definitions)

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