One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A class of pear of a mellow variety.
- ‘Is the Easter beurré pear worth cultivating to any on the pear stock?’
- ‘He adds to all this, that " it is a good bearer, hangs long on the tree, which is hardy, an excellent beurre pear.’
- ‘Beurré Bedford is a large very juicy firm fleshed pear.’
- ‘His practice with such trees was to cut them down and renew the soil at their roots and he refers to a beurré pear restored from an inch and a half of bark which bore 450 fine large pears.’
- ‘Of the ten blossoms treated with the Beurré pear, eight set, two of which afterwards fell off, but I suspect not fairly, and six are now proceeding to maturity.’
Early 18th century: French, literally ‘buttered, buttery’.
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