- a tree (Pyrus communis) of the rose family, with glossy leaves and greenish, brown, or reddish fruit
- the soft, juicy fruit, round at the base and narrowing toward the stem
Origin of pearMiddle English pere ; from Old English peru ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pira ; from Classical Latin plural of pirum, pear, akin to Classical Greek apion: of pre-Gr Mediterranean origin, originally
- Any of several trees of the genus Pyrus in the rose family, having glossy leaves and white flowers, especially P. communis, widely cultivated for its edible fruit.
- The fruit of any of these trees, having gritty, juicy flesh and usually a shape that is spherical at the base and tapering toward the stalk.
Origin of pearMiddle English pere, from Old English peru, a pear, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *pira, from Latin, pl. of pirum.