pear

noun
\ ˈper How to pronounce pear (audio) \

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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In general, melons are fruits that do not ripen much after being picked, unlike, say, bananas or pears. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: How to select (and utilize) melon," 2 July 2019 Pleasingly round, refreshingly crisp and extremely juicy when ripe, these pears often are used to add sweetness in a short rib marinade or to cut through the richness in a cold bowl of nengmyun. Dami Lee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Yakult, ramen or Asian pears: What does your H Mart purchase say about you?," 1 July 2019 Pleasingly round, refreshingly crisp and extremely juicy when ripe, these pears often are used to add sweetness in a short rib marinade or to cut through the richness in a cold bowl of nengmyun. Dami Lee, latimes.com, "Yakult, ramen or Asian pears: What does your H Mart purchase say about you?," 1 July 2019 Surrounding the home are gardens and 65 acres of pear orchards. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "All the Photos and Details (and Olympic Guests!) from Skater Meryl Davis’ ‘Magical’ French Wedding," 29 June 2019 Wines include red, white, dry hopped sauvignon blanc, dry hopped pear cider and more. The Know Staff, The Know, "The coolest patios and rooftops to eat and drink on in the Front Range," 27 June 2019 Colagreco’s signature creation is oyster with tapioca, shallot cream and pear. Kate Krader, Time, "This Spot in France Was Named the Best Restaurant in the World for 2019," 25 June 2019 Black skin, pear shap Medium seed, 7-11 ounces Patented in 2003, GEMs might be seen in California stores for the first time this season. Kurt Snibbe, The Mercury News, "How California avocados have a global influence," 8 June 2019 Each day, Perry worked picking potatoes, cabbage and pears. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky vet captured during D-Day invasion 75 years ago to receive France's highest honor," 29 May 2019

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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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pear

noun

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

pear

noun
\ ˈper How to pronounce pear (audio) \

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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