Definition of Comice in US English:


(also Doyenne du Comice)


  • A large yellow dessert pear.

    • ‘The Comice is a purely dessert pear - in season from late autumn to midwinter.’
    • ‘4 large just ripe (but not too soft) pears - eg, Williams, Comice or Conference’
    • ‘Comice is considered by some to be the best dessert pear.’
    • ‘France is the home of the best pear variety, the Comice.’
    • ‘The Anjou (October to June), the Comice (September to March), and the tiny Forelle (September to February) are better appreciated fresh.’


Mid 19th century: from French, literally ‘association, cooperative’, referring to the Comice Horticole of Angers, France, where this variety was developed.