pearlike

pear

[pair]
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:
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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To pearlike
Collins
World English Dictionary
pear (pɛə)
 
n
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature