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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

Examples of pear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Notes of sweet strawberry, pear, and rosebud heart are balanced by soft vanilla and green moss. ELLE, 27 Apr. 2022 Onyx, with its blend of cardamom, pear, Florentine iris, and cedarwood, aptly represents strength, while Garnet is a fiery mix of geranium, ginger, and baie rose that ends with a base note of earthy patchouli. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 7 Mar. 2022 Flavors of yellow apple, pear, slight ginger, and marzipan abound. Hudson Lindenberger, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Honeysuckle aromas are joined by apple, pear, fig and Meyer lemon over intriguing saline notes on the nose. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 27 Sep. 2021 On top are thin strips of Bosc pear, Mexican chayote squash, cucumber and avocado. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Mar. 2022 Pair it with a crunchy leafy green salad or a light honey-ginger pear salad for a restaurant-worthy meal. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 In fact, the amount of formaldehyde released by DMDM hydantoin is roughly equivalent to that of a pear. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, 10 Dec. 2021 The bar's cocktails include one called Point Beach Break (pear brandy, Benedictine, Kümmel caraway liqueur, salted agave, lemon and tarragon oil, $13). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Pear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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