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A pear of an early-ripening variety.
- ‘Procure some Jargonelle pears, not too ripe; put them into a stewpan with sufficient water to cover them, and simmer them till rather tender, but do not allow them to break; then put them into cold water.’
- ‘The table was covered with dishes full of Jargonelles and pippins.’
- ‘On the wall outside, a pear tree bore luscious, ripening Jargonelles.’
Late 17th century: from French, diminutive of jargon (with reference to the colour).
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