pyriform

adjective

pyr·​i·​form ˈpir-ə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce pyriform (audio)
variants or piriform
: having the form of a pear
a pyriform shape
pyriform jars
see also piriform cortex

Word History

Etymology

New Latin pyriformis, from Medieval Latin pyrum pear (alteration of Latin pirum) + Latin -iformis -iform

First Known Use

1717, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pyriform was in 1717

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Cite this Entry

“Pyriform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pyriform. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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