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flowering quince

noun
1.
any shrub belonging to the genus Chaenomeles, of the rose family, native to eastern Asia, having showy, waxy flowers and a quincelike fruit, grown widely as an ornamental.
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any shrub of the genus Chaenomeles within the rose family (Rosaceae). The three known species are native to eastern Asia but cultivated in other regions for the flowers that appear early in the spring. The leaves are alternate, and the pink or red flowers are solitary or in small clusters. The green, applelike fruit is used in preserves. C. japonica has provided several horticultural varieties

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