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pear

Syllabification: pear

Definition of pear in English:

noun

1A yellowish- or brownish-green edible fruit that is typically narrow at the stalk and wider toward the base, with sweet, slightly gritty flesh.
Example sentences
  • Sweet juicy fruits such as pears, grapes, watermelon and mangoes both nourish and cleanse.
  • Truthfully, I chose this because of the sides: sweet potatoes and pears.
  • Fruits like apples, pears and grapes are good sources of boron, as are green leafy vegetables and whole grains.
2 (also pear tree) The Eurasian tree that bears the pear.
  • Genus Pyrus, family Rosaceae: several species and hybrids, in particular P. communis
Example sentences
  • So I indicated that my goal henceforth was the space between two prongs of a garden fork, whereas his was the expanse between an apple tree and a pear tree in our fruity back garden.
  • They blossom first, before the apples or the cherries or the pear tree - trees covered in white drifts of blossom that smell like honey.
  • Mountain ashes, crabapple trees, and a pear tree provide fruit in season, while trumpet vines and such flowering perennials as penstemon and sage supply nectar that sustains hummingbirds.

Origin

Old English pere, peru; related to Dutch peer, from Latin pirum.

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