- 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 fruit of the pear tree ultimately from Vulgar Latin pira from Latin pl. of pirum akin to Greek apion pear ( both Greek and Latin being borrowed from the same unknown source )