Definition of pear in English:


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Pronunciation: /pɛː


  • 1A sweet yellowish- or brownish-green edible fruit which is narrow at the stalk and wider towards the base.
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    • 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 which bears the pear.
    • Genus Pyrus, family Rosaceae: several species and hybrids, in particular P. communis
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    • 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.


Old English pere, peru, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch peer, from Latin pirum.

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