EnglishEdit

 
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Photo of a pair of pears on a tree

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English pere, from Old English pere, from Proto-West Germanic *peru, from Vulgar Latin *pira, originally the plural of Latin pirum but reconstrued as a feminine singular, ultimately a loanword from an unknown Mediterranean substrate source. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Peere (pear), Dutch peer (pear), Danish pære (pear), French poire (pear), German Birne (pear), Icelandic pera (pear), Swedish päron (pear).

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

pear (plural pears)

  1. An edible fruit produced by the pear tree, similar to an apple but typically elongated towards the stem.
  2. A type of fruit tree (Pyrus communis).
    Synonym: pear tree
  3. The wood of the pear tree (pearwood, pear wood).
  4. Choke pear (a torture device).
  5. (Jamaica) avocado, alligator pear
  6. A desaturated chartreuse yellow colour, like that of a pear.
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Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Tokelauan: pea

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GalicianEdit

 
Peares or poldras across the river Ulla
 
Peares or poldras across the river Verdugo

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Vulgar Latin *pilare, from Latin pīla (pillar).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pear m (plural peares)

  1. pillar
    Synonym: columna
  2. window sill
    Synonym: peitoril
  3. one of several stone pillars placed by way of a bridge
    Synonym: poldra

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • pear” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006–2022.
  • piar” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006–2018.
  • pear” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006–2013.
  • pear” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • piar” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.

Jamaican CreoleEdit

 
One pear cut inna two.

EtymologyEdit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpʲeɹ/
  • Hyphenation: pear

NounEdit

pear (plural: pear dem or pears dem, quantified: pear)

  1. avocado
    Mi waan sum ackee an pear.
    I'd like a few akees and avocados.

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West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian pār, ultimately from Latin pār.

NounEdit

pear n (plural pearen, diminutive pearke)

  1. pair, couple

Further readingEdit

  • pear”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011