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pear

[pair] /pɛər/
noun
1.
the edible fruit, typically rounded but elongated and growing smaller toward the stem, of a tree, Pyrus communis, of the rose family.
2.
the tree itself.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English pe(e)re, Old English peru < Late Latin pira, feminine singular use of plural of L of pirum (neuter) pear
Related forms
pearlike, adjective
Can be confused
pair, pare, payer, pear.
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Examples for pear
  • 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.
  • Mature agaves ocotillo prickly pear cactus and yuccas transplanted from the old yard give the new garden an established look.
  • Do not expect swift, effective action if this really goes pear shaped.
  • Spread the pear slices over the arugula and scatter the cheese, then the walnuts, over the top.
  • No pear can offer the satisfying crunch that an apple can, the wonderful feel of peel against teeth.
  • Using a melon ball scoop, cut away and discard the cores of each pear half.
  • To serve, decorate the top of each pear with a mint leaf and serve with a spoonful of the poaching wine.
British Dictionary definitions for pear

pear

/pɛə/
noun
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
Word Origin
Old English pere, ultimately from Latin pirum
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Word Origin and History for pear
pear
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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