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Definition of pear 

1 : a pome fruit of a tree (genus Pyrus, especially P. communis) of the rose family that typically has a pale green or brownish skin, a firm juicy flesh, and an oblong shape in which a broad base end tapers upward to a narrow stem end

2 : a tree bearing pears

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Bake until pears are tender and topping is golden brown, 1 to 1 1/2 hour, making sure to cover with foil if topping or crust begins to get too dark. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Harvest Pear-Blackberry Pie," 23 Oct. 2018 But this impoverishment is countered by the area’s bucolic beauty, with sheep grazing among scraggly almond and pear trees and lush citrus groves lining the riverbanks. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 While the episode is unlikely to feature any live animals or a pear tree, Dr. Pimple Popper did confirm that the hour-long special will feature a festive celebration of popping. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Dr. Pimple Popper Announced a Holiday Television Special," 6 Oct. 2018 Apples, grapes, pears Note: Exports to Nafta countries and China; percentages are given for top partners only. Benjamin Parkin, WSJ, "Mexico and Canada Add to Nations Striking Fear in U.S. Farmers," 6 June 2018 Within the tartare, bits of toasted pumpernickel add crunch, pickled pears contribute acidity and fermented-garlic-glaze trumpet mushrooms boost the umami factor. Phil Vettel,, "Bellemore review: Papadopoulos finally gets to cook with 'head, heart and soul'," 20 Feb. 2018 Hard pears such as Kieffer (350 chill hours) and Orient (350 chill hours) are very productive and easy to grow. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "It’s been a good winter for fruit trees," 26 Jan. 2018 Add cranberries, pear and cooled compote, and mix thoroughly. 5. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 Make filling: In a large bowl, toss pears and cranberries with sugar, ginger, and zest, then toss with cornstarch. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Cranberry-Pear Pecan Crumb Pie," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of pear

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pear

Middle English pere, from Old English peru, from Vulgar Latin *pira, from Latin, plural of pirum

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English Language Learners Definition of pear

: a sweet fruit that is narrow near the stem and rounded at the other end and that grows on a tree; also : the tree that this fruit grows on


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Kids Definition of pear

: a fruit with pale green or brownish skin and white sweet juicy flesh that is usually larger at the end opposite the stem

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