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

  • An obsolete form of peer.
  • 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

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)



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