from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A widely cultivated tree (Pyrus communis) in the rose family, having glossy leaves, white flowers grouped in a corymb, and edible fruit.
- n. The fruit of this tree, spherical at the base and tapering toward the stalk.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An edible fruit produced by the pear tree, similar to an apple but elongated towards the stem.
- n. A type of fruit tree (Pyrus communis).
- n. The wood of the pear tree.
- n. choke pear (a torture device)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The fleshy pome, or fruit, of a rosaceous tree (Pyrus communis), cultivated in many varieties in temperate climates; also, the tree which bears this fruit. See Pear family, below.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fruit of the pear-tree.
- n. The tree Pyruts communis.
- n. A pear-shaped pearl, as for the pendant of an ear-ring. Evelyn, Mundus Muliebris
- An obsolete form of peer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Old World tree having sweet gritty-textured juicy fruit; widely cultivated in many varieties
- n. sweet juicy gritty-textured fruit available in many varieties
Middle English pere, from Old English peru, a pear, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *pira, from Latin, pl. of pirum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English pere, common North and West Germanic, from Vulgar Latin *pira, originally the plural of Latin pirum but reconstrued as a feminine singular. (Wiktionary)