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


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

Dictionary Entries Near pyriform

Cite this Entry

“Pyriform.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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