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 Medford company, known for its gift baskets and holiday pears, sold to online florist and gift company 1-800-Flowers.com for $142.5 million in 2014.
Brazilian puff pastry is layered with mascarpone cheese and pear compote, with red wine gelatin — in cubes!
The juices with the highest positive rates were: grape (89 percent of 44 samples), mixed fruit (67 percent of 111 samples), apple (55 percent of 44 samples), and pear (45 percent of 44 samples).
Admittedly, Cognac isn't exactly a street drink, and Hennessy is no six-pack of suds or hip flask of whiskey, yet behind the heady notes of pear, bananas, and butterscotch, there's a hint of contrarian.
At 1 p.m., staff and zoo patrons gathered to sing to Charlotte, then watched her tear into her gift — a large cardboard box filled with some of her favorite things to eat, including marshmallows, dried apples, grapes and pears.
While all of the six courses evoke unexpected flavors, one of our favorites is a melted 18-month-old Austrian Alpine cheese with pear and licorice, coupled with a cider and stone pine drink.
The menu includes foie gras and bacon jam served with a Belgium waffle; filet mignon served with foie gras ravioli in a black truffle Madeira sauce; and a warm gingerbread with foie gras terrine, caramelized pears and port reduction.
Milbrandt Vineyards 2015 Pheasant Vineyard The Estates Late Harvest Riesling, Wahluke Slope, $25: Aromas of poached pears with honey, honeysuckle and powdered sugar.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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