Definition of Bosc in US English:


(also Bosc pear)


  • A medium- to large-sized variety of pear, golden brown in color and often russeted. The Bosc's dense flesh makes it a common choice for baking and cooking.

    • ‘Pears come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors from tiny Seckels to long-necked Boscs to colorful Red Bartletts.’
    • ‘Lastly, Boscs and Bartletts (red and green) can be arranged into an artful and edible centerpiece for your Christmas table.’
    • ‘Their color depends on the type: Bartletts should be pale to rich yellow, while Boscs are brownish yellow.’
    • ‘It's pear season, and the perfect time to branch out from familiar Boscs and Bartletts into lesser-known territory.’
    • ‘Bartletts are crunchy I think, and Boscs a little more tender, so I figured using them both might be kind of interesting.’
    • ‘In Five Covered Boscs the artist, with great precision, carves five Bosc pears from wood, and then hides them beneath a wooden carving of a satin cover.’
    • ‘Good-quality Bosc pears will be medium-sized or larger with no bruises and only a few minor scuff marks.’
    • ‘With short, stout stems, they ripen slowly and are great for baking and poaching, like Bartletts and Boscs.’
    • ‘As a result, the full flavors and juiciness of Bosc can be enjoyed before their flesh has fully softened.’


Named after L. Bosc d'Antic (1759–1828), French naturalist.