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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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British Dictionary definitions for pearlike

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 pearlike

pear

n.

Old English pere, peru "pear," common West Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pere, Old High German pira, bira, Dutch peer), from Vulgar Latin *pera, variant of Latin pira, plural (taken for fem. singular) of pirum "pear," a loan word from an unknown source. It likely shares an origin with Greek apion "pear," apios "pear tree."

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