a large, brownish-red, hybrid variety of pear.

Origin of Kieffer

1875–80; named after Peter Kieffer (1812–90), American botanist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of kieffer

  • After Kieffer, it is the most desired of all pears by the canning trade.

  • The trees are more susceptible to blight than those of Kieffer.

  • Reported as hardy, blight-resistant and better than Kieffer.

  • More Kieffer and Duchess pears are planted than any other kind.

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  • Kieffer and related hybrids are somewhat immune to San Jose scale, but are very susceptible to psylla.