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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 The most sophisticated of them is the Perfect Pear ($8.50), built on a multigrain white sesame bagel with slices of fresh pear that complement fatty-funky slices of prosciutto, with honey-pistachio cream cheese as a lush bonding element. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Some of San Antonio's best bagels come from food truck Wild Barley Kitchen Co., which cooks with wood-fired oven," 9 Apr. 2021 Southwest Oregon: Place pheromone traps in apple or pear trees in late April to monitor codling moth activity. oregonlive, "Oregon gardeners, here’s your April to-do list," 7 Apr. 2021 Daniel, however, feels confident that the pear tree will be included in the next ban. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "Bradford pear trees are highly invasive. This is why they aren't banned in Indiana.," 7 Apr. 2021 Notes of green apple and pear, lime zest, and crushed stone prevail. Michelle Williams, Forbes, "Traversing The Base Of The Burgundy Wine Pyramid," 11 Mar. 2021 Cloves are also popular in desserts featuring apple, pear or rhubarb. Laura Wheatman Hill,, "What are the health benefits of cloves?," 6 Mar. 2021 From one of Sonoma County’s premier chardonnay regions, this wine hits all the right notes: loads of apple, pear and peach flavors braced by just enough oak influence to add structure and gravitas without weighing down the fruit. Washington Post, "This outstanding Argentine malbec delivers deep fruit flavors for just $15," 19 Feb. 2021 Local apple, pear and peach brandies, which perfume and lighten cake batters and pie fillings, have become key ingredients for him. New York Times, "America’s First Moonshine, Applejack, Returns in Sleeker Style," 2 Feb. 2021 This fresh, wintry cocktail works only if both the pear liqueur and the champagne are well chilled. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, "Champagne Cocktails to Toast With This New Year’s Eve," 30 Dec. 2020

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Pear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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