- A torture device consisting of a metal body (usually pear-shaped) divided into spoon-like segments that can be spread apart by turning a screw.
- A kind of pear with a rough, astringent taste, difficult to swallow.
- (archaic, vulgar) A sarcasm by which one is put to silence; anything that cannot be answered.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of S. Richardson to this entry?)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.