Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of several excellent varieties of apple.
- n. obsolete A type of pear.
- n. Any of various types of apple, having an elongated shape and often with streaky skin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The name of several kinds of apples.
- n. any of several varieties of apples with red skins
- From Anglo-Norman parmain, peremain et al., Middle French parmain, permain ("type of pear or apple"), of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)
“Firstly, its unusual shape - it is a very tall apple, a shape which is characteristic of 'pearmain' apples such as Adams Pearmain.”
“Look in bin/trash can, collect pearmain (1 coin here).”
“Click on its mouth to get it to open then pop the pearmain in.”
“Now if she'd er tuk thim old blue pearmain trees, I wouldn't have said a word.”
“As varieties of the Apple, mention is made in documents of the twelfth century, of the pearmain, and the costard, from the latter of which has come the word costardmonger, as at first a dealer in this fruit, and now applied to our costermonger.”
“He left a hollow limb on the old red pearmain apple-tree, because when he came to cut it there was a pair of bluebirds twittering around, frantic with anxiety.”
“Peter and Sally were under the big pearmain apple tree at the foot of the orchard, Shelley and a half dozen beaus were everywhere.”
“On the further side of the house, Dr. Ripley had planted an apple orchard, which included some rare varieties, especially the blue pearmain, a dark-red autumn apple with a purple bloom upon it like the bloom upon the rye.”
“Molly set the barrel up on end, and that took the boy out of the reach of mischief, so he retired from view and peeped through a crack as he ate his fifth pearmain, regardless of consequences.”
“Peter and Sally were under the big pearmain apple tree at the foot of the orchard,”
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