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pear

[ pair ]
/ pɛər /
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noun

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

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Origin of pear

First recorded before 1000; Middle English pe(e)re, Old English peru, from Late Latin pira, feminine singular use of plural of Latin pirum (neuter) “pear”

OTHER WORDS FROM pear

pearlike, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pear

pair, pare, payer, pear
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British Dictionary definitions for pear

pear
/ (pɛə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for pear

Old English pere, ultimately from Latin pirum
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