Definitions

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  • n. A variety of pear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A variety of pear which ripens early.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A variety of early pear.
  • n. An essence obtained from fusel-oil.

Etymologies

From French jargonelle, diminutive of jargon. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And so this old pilgrim found it, lying in his four-poster, listening to the cries and calls in the jargonelle pear-tree in the corner of the garden, and watching the ghostly oblong of the window that faced the east, glimmer and brighten into the effulgence of day.

    The Awakening of Helena Richie

  • There is nothing to equal or approach a fine jargonelle pear, a peach, or hothouse grapes.

    A Visit to Java With an Account of the Founding of Singapore

  • You have really its equivalent in a luscious peach, in a hue ripe jargonelle pear, or in a strawberry at its best; and if you can imagine a combination of these three, you have an idea of how the mangosteen itself tastes.

    Insulinde: Experiences of a Naturalist's Wife in the Eastern Archipelago

  • A jargonelle pear-tree at one end of the cottage, a rivulet and flower-plot of a rood in extent in front, and a kitchen-garden behind; a paddock for a cow, and a small field, cultivated with several crops of grain, rather for the benefit of the cottager than for sale, announced the warm and cordial comforts which Old England, even at her most northern extremity, extends to her meanest inhabitants.

    Rob Roy

  • They have never found any pear equal to that jargonelle, where you ate twenty the first day of the holidays.

    Heartsease, Or, the Brother's Wife

  • The acetate of amyloxide, which, according to the usual way of preparing it, represents one part sulphuric acid, one part fusel-oil, and two parts of acetate of potash, had a striking smell of fruit, but it acquired the pleasant flavor of the jargonelle pear only after having been diluted with six times its volume of spirit of wine.

    The Art of Perfumery And Methods of Obtaining the Odors of Plants

  • The commercial "essence of pine-apple," or "pine-apple oil," and "jargonelle pear-oil," are admitted only to be _labelled_ such, but really are certain organic acid ethers.

    The Art of Perfumery And Methods of Obtaining the Odors of Plants

  • Benson's bedroom, and its blossom-laden branches were supported by a jargonelle pear-tree rich in autumnal fruit.

    Ruth

  • 'She craves for fruit, -- she has a constant fever on her; but jargonelle pears will do as well as anything, and there are quantities of them in the market.'

    North and South

  • Bailie Bowie helped himself to a jargonelle, and Deacon Purves to a wheen raisins; and my uncle, to show that he was not frighted, and knew what he was about, helped himself to one of the long black things, which, without much ceremony, he shoved into his mouth and began to.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch Tailor in Dalkeith, written by himself

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  • The Scots term elson-heft, the handle of an elson (awl) was used as a nickname for the jargonelle pear. --Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    May 16, 2011