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
Recent Examples of pear from the Web
This wine from the Wellington region offered pear, green apple, anise, tropical fruits, citrus, tangy acidity, and lip-smacking tartness on the finish.
Pizzas get ambitious here, with seafood-rich frutti di mare and Gorgonzola, honey, walnuts and pear among the options.
Busch always has been a bit of a prickly pear but has simmered down somewhat in recent years.
In high school lunchrooms, she's seen apples and pears laying all over the place.
At the very least, the city might take cues from the new data and decide there are enough Callery pears.
Then again, movie fights can certainly go pear-shaped when technology is funneled down our gullets with liver-engorging force.
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Origin and Etymology of pear
Middle English pere, from Old English peru, from Vulgar Latin *pira, from Latin, plural of pirum
First Known Use: before 12th century
PEAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pear for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of pear for Students
: 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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