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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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The puree freezes well and makes an excellent cookie filling, sauce for ice cream or poached pears, or spread for toast. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Fresh Figs Right in Your Backyard," 15 Aug. 2018 China also bought about $50 million worth of apples and $1.5 million worth of pears from Washington last year, Woods said. Nicholas K. Geranios, The Seattle Times, "Washington state apple, cherry industries wary of trade war," 2 Apr. 2018 China also bought about $50 million worth of apples and $1.5 million worth of pears from Washington last year, Woods said. Washington Post, "Washington state apple, cherry industries wary of trade war," 2 Apr. 2018 The spirit boasts a bouquet of cantaloupe with notes of pear and banana, while hints of almond and honey help bolster bright melon flavors on the palate. Fox News, "5 of the world’s best flavored vodkas," 11 Dec. 2015 For a bit of sweetness in your hero sandwich, top rotisserie chicken with thin slices of Bartlett pear. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Pear and Chicken Hero," 17 July 2012 The trees in questions are members of the genus Pyrus — the same genus that gives us pears by the name of d’Anjou, Bosc and other delectable fall favorites. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "What to do when the dreaded Callery pear tree rears its head in Kentucky," 23 Mar. 2018 Fiery Aries people tend to run hot (and sometimes hot-headed), so Nicholas recommends anti-inflammatory things (hello, peppermint tea); a prickly-pear hair mask and a handsome comb nod to associations with cacti and the scalp. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts for Your Horoscope-Obsessed Friend by Astrological Sign," 13 Dec. 2018 By the turn of the 20th century, Northern California and southern Oregon had become the centers of pear production in the United States. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 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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