- 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
Examples from the Web for pear
Contemporary Examples of pear
At the most basic level, most ciders are produced using a blend of sweet, sour, and bitter apple and pear varieties.Wine, Watch Out! These Ciders Are Just as Good
July 19, 2014
The pear tree at the Sept. 11 memorial was among the last living things to be pulled out of the rubble.The Sept. 11 Survivor Tree in Bloom
March 24, 2012
The three containers [of pear, strawberry granola and peach] have run through me like Olympic sprinters.The Crazy Baby Food Diet
September 22, 2010
Pear Clafoutis by Tom Fitzmorris Sweet, ripe pears are a brilliant variation on clafoutis.The 5 Best Berry Recipes
July 27, 2010
Freshly grated pear barely needs any sweetening, which is why we encourage you to make the pear puree yourself.How Top Chefs Stay Thin
December 15, 2009
Historical Examples of pear
Volemus from volema pira, a kind of a pear, so called from the shape of the stem.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
Hence the apple, pear, and plum are often grafted on the white thorn.
How'll your old horse feel if he eats the other half of that pear tree?
At his feet was a stick, almost a log, part of the limb of a pear tree.
The surrounding walls are overrun with vines and bordered by pear trees.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
- 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, 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."