One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A yellowish- or brownish-green edible fruit that is typically narrow at the stalk and wider toward the base, with sweet, slightly gritty flesh.
- ‘Choose cheese or low-sugar fruits like pears and apples as dessert.’
- ‘Their sweet, candied taste adds elegance to tropical fruits, poached pears, and chocolate.’
- ‘As we tuck into a colourful platter of fresh pineapple, watermelon, kiwi fruit, pears and bananas on the veranda, she cooks up sausages, bacon and pancakes.’
- ‘Today's crumble features bananas and pears, and a topping starring toasted pecans and bran flakes.’
- ‘South Africa supplies most of its deciduous fruit (apples, pears, plums and peaches) to Europe.’
- ‘Truthfully, I chose this because of the sides: sweet potatoes and pears.’
- ‘Fruits like apples, pears and grapes are good sources of boron, as are green leafy vegetables and whole grains.’
- ‘Citrus and stone fruits, pears, figs, and pineapple all respond to preservation by this method.’
- ‘All his prized orchard fruits - apples, pears, cherries and peaches - were introduced from abroad.’
- ‘Like other fresh fruits, pears offer quite broad benefits for the body.’
- ‘If you have any money left over, get your fruits, some apples, dates or pears would go well.’
- ‘Peel the pears and tug out their stalks, then halve the fruit and scoop out the cores with a teaspoon.’
- ‘Fruits such as pears and berries are also high in fiber.’
- ‘Serve one or two chops per person, with the roasted apples, pears and onions.’
- ‘So far I have puréed and served apple, pear, sweet potato and avocado.’
- ‘My other favourite foods include avocado pear, bananas, pears, oranges, grapes and walnuts, when they are in season.’
- ‘Sweet juicy fruits such as pears, grapes, watermelon and mangoes both nourish and cleanse.’
- ‘Good sources of soluble fiber include oats, citrus fruits, pears, apples, berries, and apricots.’
- ‘The fruit from the prickly pear - a cross between kiwi fruit and a ripe pear - is wonderful.’
- ‘It also has been detected in other fruits such as pears, apricots, peaches and grapes.’
2The Eurasian tree which bears the pear.
Genus "Pyrus", family "Rosaceae": several species and hybrids, in particular "P. communis"
- ‘You'll be here at the start of spring and you'll see several trees in bloom - the striking orange blossoms of the coral tree, and white blooms of the wild pear tree.’
- ‘Mountain ashes, crabapple trees, and a pear tree provide fruit in season, while trumpet vines and such flowering perennials as penstemon and sage supply nectar that sustains hummingbirds.’
- ‘I want to train a pear tree as an espalier against a wall.’
- ‘She was walking to Urga's home when she came across a pear tree.’
- ‘After planting a wild pear tree, declaring the school a ‘clean, green zone’, Leon left for a visit to Southernwood Primary School.’
- ‘In a following frame, he is standing in the yard next to his wife looking at a pear tree.’
- ‘Then they work industriously at plucking the grapes from the vines that are climbing over shrubs adjacent to the pear tree.’
- ‘When she was a teenager, 16 years old, she used to sit under the pear tree and dream about being a tree in bloom.’
- ‘So I indicated that my goal henceforth was the space between two prongs of a garden fork, whereas his was the expanse between an apple tree and a pear tree in our fruity back garden.’
- ‘Outside, to the rear of the house, is a walled garden with a terraced lawn, a patio, shrubs and mature trees including a pear tree.’
- ‘They were sitting on a bench, below a pear tree.’
- ‘At 4 p.m., the falcon was back, sitting in my pear tree.’
- ‘He sat under a large pear tree, inhaling the fresh scents.’
- ‘Students examined three trees - a mesquite, a sycamore and a pear tree - and made journal entries recording noticeable changes.’
- ‘I peeked out and saw my pear tree in a suspicious yoga position.’
- ‘They blossom first, before the apples or the cherries or the pear tree - trees covered in white drifts of blossom that smell like honey.’
- ‘He led her to a small stone bench, where the two sat in the shade of a pear tree.’
- ‘The species is active at cool temperatures, and can be seen moving about on the pear tree in mid-winter on sunny days.’
- ‘For Janie, the pear tree is the informing image against which all other trees are measured.’
- ‘Most of the time Geraldine sat under a pear tree laughing at Malcolm's dumb jokes.’
Old English pere, peru, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch peer, from Latin pirum.
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