from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The tree that produces the pear.


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  • Daniel asked, “In what part of the garden did this befal?” and he answered, “On the eastern side, under a pear-tree.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • As he was thus muttering, his eye fell upon the branch of a pear-tree which drooped down for want of support, and at once forgetting his haste, the old man stopped and set seriously about binding it up.

    The Abbot

  • Graham and bury his letters under the Methuselah pear-tree.

    Smoke and Mirrors: Internalizing the Magic Lantern show in _Vilette_

  • Pensionnat Beck is a woman who was, according to legend, buried alive in a vault under the Methuselah pear-tree "for some sin against her vow" (131).

    Smoke and Mirrors: Internalizing the Magic Lantern show in _Vilette_

  • How can I hold out the hand of friendship in this condition, when my first impression is, “My good sir, I strongly suspect that you were up my pear-tree last night?”

    Roundabout Papers

  • A jargonelle pear-tree at one end of the cottage, a rivulet and flower-plot of a rood in extent in front, and a kitchen-garden behind; a paddock for a cow, and a small field, cultivated with several crops of grain, rather for the benefit of the cottager than for sale, announced the warm and cordial comforts which Old England, even at her most northern extremity, extends to her meanest inhabitants.

    Rob Roy

  • The tree that bears this fruit is very like a pear-tree, and is very productive.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • Young Jolyon, his wife, his two children, and his dog Balthasar, were all out there under a pear-tree.

    The Man of Property

  • And the sunlight played through the leaves on that little party of the three generations grouped tranquilly under the pear-tree, which had long borne no fruit.

    The Man of Property

  • And as I was going for to say, he catched me fifty years agone next Lammas-tide; a pear-tree of an early sort it was; you may see the very tree if you please to stand here, miss, though the pears is quite altered now, and scarcely fit to eat.



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