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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 Maryhill Winery, Columbia Valley, Washington; Pinot Gris, 2016, $17 Floral notes, pear, peach and very clean tasting, as one tasting pal put it. Marc Bona, cleveland, "10 wines under $25 for a hot day in July," 12 July 2020 The chardonnay is medium-bodied with flavors of fresh cut pineapple and ripe pear, with notes of aged oak and vanilla on the finish. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Cupcake Vineyards Just Launched an 80-calorie Wine Collection," 7 July 2020 Duckwall Fruit in Hood River, which had six cases at the end of May, now has 63 total cases linked to its pear-packing facility. oregonlive, "Food processing outbreaks persist, spread into communities," 25 June 2020 For the one percenters—who occupy some of Manhattan’s priciest real estate—office space meant expansive lobbies with walls of granite and marble, interior pear wood paneling, conference rooms whose panoramic views inspire vertigo. Sophie Madeline Dess, The New Republic, "Temping for the One Percent," 24 June 2020 After shooting two to 10 bubbles onto the pear flowers, fruits grew after 16 days — at a volume almost the same as that of conventional methods, the study said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "With bees in short supply, soap bubbles could assist with pollination, study finds," 17 June 2020 My new friends Doug and Tris had free picking access – their favorites being the fig and pear trees. Mary Ekstrand, The Christian Science Monitor, "Too many figs! Or so I thought.," 10 June 2020 The ale is brewed with pineapple, coconut and apple, and all those flavors come through clearly, along with some pear, tangerine and orange. Marc Bona, cleveland, "9 beers to sip in June as warm weather hits (photos)," 7 June 2020 Black spots on fruit and some on the leaves is more like pear scab. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Focus on management, rather than purging, of white flies in garden," 7 June 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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The first known use of pear was before the 12th century

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21 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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