from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fruit of the medlar-tree.


Old English openærs, corresponding to open + arse (‘with allusion to the large cavity at the end of the fruit between the persistent calyx lobes’ – OED3). (Wiktionary)



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  • Now will he sit under a medlar tree,
    And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit
    As maids call medlars, when they laugh alone.
    O Romeo, that she were, O that she were
    An open-arse and thou a pop'rin pear!
    - Shakespeare

    Another name for a medlar

    February 16, 2009