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Pears

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noun
  1. Peter,1910–86, British tenor.
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pear

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noun
  1. the edible fruit, typically rounded but elongated and growing smaller toward the stem, of a tree, Pyrus communis, of the rose family.
  2. the tree itself.
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Origin of pear

before 1000; Middle English pe(e)re, Old English peru < Late Latin pira, feminine singular use of plural of L of pirum (neuter) pear
Related formspear·like, adjective
Can be confusedpair pare payer pear
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Pears

noun
  1. Sir Peter. 1910–86, British tenor, associated esp with the works of Benjamin Britten
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pear

noun
  1. a widely cultivated rosaceous tree, Pyrus communis, having white flowers and edible fruits
  2. the sweet gritty-textured juicy fruit of this tree, which has a globular base and tapers towards the apex
  3. the wood of this tree, used for making furniture
  4. go pear-shaped informal to go wrongthe plan started to go pear-shaped
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Word Origin

Old English pere, ultimately from Latin pirum
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Word Origin and History for pears

pear

n.

Old English pere, peru "pear," common West Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pere, Old High German pira, bira, Dutch peer), from Vulgar Latin *pera, variant of Latin pira, plural (taken for fem. singular) of pirum "pear," a loan word from an unknown source. It likely shares an origin with Greek apion "pear," apios "pear tree."

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