pear

[ pair ]
/ pɛər /

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.

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 forms

pear·like, adjective

Can be confused

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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