Choke pear

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Choke pear A kind of pear that has a rough, astringent taste, and is swallowed with difficulty, or which contracts the mucous membrane of the mouth.
    • Choke pear A sarcasm by which one is put to silence; anything that can not be answered.
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Usage

In literature:

We might give you one, you know: a choke-pear!...
"The Crystal Stopper" by Maurice LeBlanc
As it was, however, he had been caught; and in the mouth of any ordinary man the "choke pear" would have been irresistible.
"With Links of Steel" by Nicholas Carter
The son was suddenly killed by getting choked with a small pear.
"Nero" by Jacob Abbott
Choke and vergouleuse are the best pears for preserving.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
Choke-pear, it will be remembered, is a synonym of the Wild Pear.
"Wayside and Woodland Trees" by Edward Step
Choke and Vergoulouse are the best pears for preserving.
"The New England Cook Book, or Young Housekeeper's Guide" by Anonymous
And that one big tree in the middle of the lower plateau is a choke-pear.
"The Open Question" by Elizabeth Robins
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