Definition of nashi in English:


(also nashi pear)


  • The crisp apple-shaped fruit of a tree that is native to Japan and China and cultivated in Australia and New Zealand.

    This fruit is obtained from varieties of Pyrus pyrifolia, family Rosaceae

    Also called Asian pear
    • ‘Of the nashi grown in New Zealand, 95 percent are Hosui, although smooth-skinned, greenish-yellow Nijisseiki and the mottled Kosui also make excellent eating.’
    • ‘It's a salad that's got some bitter greens and celery with nashi and spring onions.’
    • ‘Just before serving, prepare the nashi and add to rest of the fruit.’
    • ‘Sipping on our nashi pear and lychee Martinis, we surveyed the room.’
    • ‘It is fruity (think nashi pears and quince), a little bit sweet and great for drinking on its own or with Asian food and is stunning value for between $12 and $14.’


1960s: from Japanese, literally ‘pear’.