American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cultivated variety of pear having greenish-yellow skin blushed with russet-red and yellowish, juicy, fine-textured flesh.
- From French (Doyenne du) Comice, (Dean of the) Show, from comice (agricole), (agricultural) show, from Old French, convention, from Latin comitia; see comitia. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Penny raved about her Comice Pear "Autumn Salad," with persimmons, pomegranates and walnut praline powder.”
“The market for red Comice pears is small, and they've got the tonnage," Mr. Naumes said.”
“In one sitting, he was said to have put away a hundred oysters, four bottles of white wine, a dozen salt-meadow lamb cutlets, duckling with turnips, a brace of roast partridge, a Normandy sole, dessert and Comice pears.”
“Mr. CLEMENS: Once again, Mr. Comice (ph), I think he misremembers the conversation that we had.”
“Add 2 minced onions, 1 pound of peeled and chopped sunchokes, 1 cubed russet potato and 2 cubed Comice pears.”
“The recipe called for Comice pears, but I was only able to find red Anjou pear.”
“Doyenne du Comice pears, with their distinctive Chanel No. 5 fragrance, do well in gardens north of Toronto, Canada.”
“Next time I'll pair it with a chunk of Point Reyes, sliced Comice pear and a few unsalted pistachios, perfect for a dessert course.”
“And last, a Comice pear with a wedge of blue cheese.”
“It looked a bit like a flattened pear, an overripe Comice dropped from a height onto its bottom, and would, she reflected, have been much improved had someone alleviated the unimaginative symmetry by propping a giant leaf up against the central stem of chimneys.”
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