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British Dictionary definitions for pearmain

pearmain

noun
  1. any of several varieties of apple having a red skin
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French permain a type of pear, perhaps from Latin Parmēnsis of Parma
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Examples from the Web for pearmain

Historical Examples

  • Another is that if an apple be grafted on the pear, the fruit is a pearmain.

    The Pears of New York

    U. P. Hedrick

  • I store apples for winter in barrels, and find White Winter Pearmain keeps best.

    The Apple

    Various

  • My name's Pearmain,' he said, and he showed me the signature on a cheque. '

    My Little Sister

    Elizabeth Robins

  • Has tried and discarded Red Winter Pearmain, because of blight.

    The Apple

    Various

  • White Winter Pearmain, is affected with scab and is no good.

    The Apple

    Various