the edible fruit, typically rounded but elongated and growing smaller toward the stem, of a tree, Pyrus communis, of the rose family.
the tree itself.

before 1000; Middle English pe(e)re, Old English peru < Late Latin pira, feminine singular use of plural of L of pirum (neuter) pear

pearlike, adjective

pair, pare, payer, pear. Unabridged
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pear (pɛə)
1.  a widely cultivated rosaceous tree, Pyrus communis, having white flowers and edible fruits
2.  the sweet gritty-textured juicy fruit of this tree, which has a globular base and tapers towards the apex
3.  the wood of this tree, used for making furniture
4.  informal go pear-shaped to go wrong: the plan started to go pear-shaped
[Old English pere, ultimately from Latin pirum]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. pere, peru, common W.Gmc. (cf. M.Du., M.L.G. pere, Du. peer), from V.L. *pira, fem. sing. of L. pira, pl. of pirum "pear," a loan word from an unknown source.
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Example sentences
Figure out where you carry your extra weight if you're pear shaped draw
  attention to your upper body.
Another couple served up sauteed asparagus and pear with gruyere.
Prickly pear cactus extract is available at some health-supplement stores.
To serve, place each pear standing up in a deep dish or goblet.
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