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A thick fruit jelly -- thicker than a syrup, said a guide of 1616, and not so thick nor stiff as marmalade. Originally, a quince preserve (Latin cydonia, quince) ; also called quindiniac; quiddanet, quidony; codinac, codigny, a quince marmalade; cotiniate, a marmalade or confection of quinces. In the 18th century, quiddany was a general term for any fruit syrup or jelly. Hence to quiddany, to make into jelly, used figuratively in Nathaniel Ward's THE SIMPLE COBLER OF AGAWAM in America (1647): He will . . . quidanye Christ with sugar and ratsbane.
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