American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Shaped like a pear.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pear-shaped; having the general shape of a pear; obconic; differing from egg-shaped or oviform in having a slight constriction running around it, or, in section, a reverse or concave curve between the convex curves of the two ends: as, a pyriform vase. See cut of egg under plover.
- n. In anatomy, the pyriformis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- From New Latin pyrifōrmis, from Latin pyrum ("pear"). (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin pyrum, pear (alteration of Latin pirum) + -form. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The singular "pyriform appendage" of the heart lies in the left process of the ligament, its anterior edge nearly following the arcuated contour of that process.”
“This temperament is distinguished by a relatively large head and small body, pyriform face, high, wide forehead, and usually sharp features.”
“A large English variety, somewhat irregular in form, but usually more or less compressed, and sometimes pyriform; the upper portion of the root being produced four or five inches above ground.”
“Bulb pyriform, cylindrical at the crown, which, like that of the Red”
“Bulb pyriform, measuring four inches and a half in depth, and two inches in diameter at the broadest part; neck small; skin copper-red.”
“This is an Eng.ish hybrid, said to have been originated by a Mr. James, an extensive market-gardener in Surrey, Eng. The bulb is pyriform, or pear-shaped; and measures four inches and upwards in depth, and two inches or more at its broadest diameter.”
“A small, red, pyriform or pear-shaped sort, measuring from an inch and a quarter to an inch and a half in length, and nearly an inch in its broadest diameter.”
“Pertaining to the external organs of generation. pyriform”
“Congenital hydrocele is of a cylindrical shape; and this is mentioned as distinguishing it from isolated hydrocele of the tunica vaginalis, which is pyriform; but this mark will fail when the cord is at the same time distended, as it may be, in the latter form of the complaint.”
“In some it is rounded, in others pyriform, in others peaked towards its summit.”
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