• WordNet 3.6
    • adj pearly of a white the color of pearls
    • n pearly informal terms for a human `tooth'
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most common pear world-wide is the Bartlett. It is bell-shaped, sweet and soft with a light green colour
    • Pearly Containing pearls; abounding with, or yielding, pearls; as, pearly shells.
    • Pearly Resembling pearl or pearls; clear; pure; transparent; iridescent; as, the pearly dew or flood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1970, Chip maker Intel purchased a pear orchard to build their corporate headquarters on
    • pearly Resembling a pearl in size, shape, texture, or color; pearlaceous.
    • pearly Resembling mother-of-pearl; nacreous: margaritaceous.
    • pearly Producing, containing, or abounding in pearls; margaritiferous; pearl-bearing.
    • pearly Dotted, flecked, or spangled as if with pearls; pearled.
    • pearly Clear; pure; glittering; translucent or transparent, as a color: as, pearly white.
    • pearly In the technique of the pianoforte, noting a touch that produces a clear, round, sweet tone, or noting a tone thus characterized.
    • pearly Clothes with large pearl buttons, worn by costermongers.
    • pearly In the manner of a pearl; like a pearl.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pears ripen from the inside out, and according to a survey on the lifestyle channel, men prefer hard pears while women prefer soft pears.
    • adj Pearly like a pearl, nacreous: yielding pearls: dotted with pearls: clear, transparent: having a pure sweet tone
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Your old virginity is like one of our French withered pears: it looks ill, it eats dryly.”
  • Rebecca West
    “All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears.”
  • Marcia Moore
    Marcia Moore
    “The only thing you will take through those pearly gates is what you have given away.”


Go pear-shaped - (UK) If things have gone wrong, they have gone pear-shaped.
Gone pear-shaped - (UK) If things have gone pear-shaped they have either gone wrong or produced an unexpected and unwanted result.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. perle, acc. to Diez, prob. either a corr. of L. pirula, a dim. of pirum, a pear, or of L. pilula, dim. of pila, a ball.


In literature:

She insisted that those were the old Squire's pears, and told us not to pick them.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
I at first felt much inclined to be of the publisher's opinion with respect to the theory of the pear.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
He sits dar mos' times at ebenin', an' 'pears like I ken jes' tell his feelin's by de music he makes.
"Culm Rock" by Glance Gaylord
At a shout from Boy, she went to the far edge of the porch to watch him slide swiftly through the pear orchard toward the lane.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Just pick up the pears in your apron, that I knock off this tree.
"Little Ferns For Fanny's Little Friends" by Fanny Fern
I should have asked you formally," laughing and showing her pearly teeth, "but we had hardly thought of going.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The pear blossom and the tomato blossom represent such flowers.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
I have apples, pears, plums, cherries, peaches and figs, with berries of all kinds.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The Kenway girls had had plenty of cherries, peaches, apples, pears, and small fruit all through the season.
"The Corner House Girls at School" by Grace Brooks Hill
I had not gone far when a blackbird flew out of a pear-tree, and I knew that there must be a nest somewhere close by.
"Brownsmith's Boy" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

The only fount her heart became
Rose quick with sighs, and fell in tears;
While pink upon her white cheek came,
(Like apple-blossom among pear's)
The tinge of shame.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Oh stricken hearts!--bear up,--bear on,--
Think of your Saviour's grace,
Think of the spirit-welcome given,
When at the pearly gate of Heaven,
Father and child embrace.
"Annie Seymour Robinson," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
Where over strips of emerald wheat
Glimmer red peach and snowy pear,
And nightingales all day long repeat
Their love—song, not less glad than sweet,
They chant in sorrow and gloom elsewhere;
"Dedication To Lady Windsor" by Alfred Austin
A rosary of stars, love! we'll count them as we go
Upon the laughing waters, that are wandering below,
And we'll o'er the pearly moon-beam, as it lieth in the sea,
In beauty and in glory, like a shadowing of thee!
"The Death-Wake, Or Lunacy - Chimera II" by Thomas Stoddart
White moons may come, white moons may go,
She sleeps where wild wood blossoms blow,
Nor knows she of the rosy June,
Star-silver flowers o'er her strewn,
The pearly paleness of the moon,--
Alas! how should she know!
"A Lament" by Madison Julius Cawein
Worthless and lost our offerings seem,
Drops in the ocean of His praise;
But Mercy with her genial beam
Is ripening them to pearly blaze,
To sparkle in His crown above,
Who welcomes here a child's as there an angel's love.
"Third Sunday After Epiphany" by John Keble

In news:

AVG could be a valuable new tool, along with NAA, for preventing premature fruit drop in pears.
The apples are grafted on to malis domestica, and the pears on to pyrus calleryana.
Sweet potato gratin , pear-and-sausage stuffing from SMOKE on Cherry Street chefs.
Celery Root, Potato and Pear Gratin .
It's prickly-pear season and Ken Harvey, the executive chef at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort at 7000 N Resort Drive is making the best of it.
I have access to free pears, so I've been spending a lot of quality time with pears lately.
I love sweet peaches, plums and pears.
The Knick restaurant's Asian Pear Salad.
CPM 154 Prickly Pear Cactus Handles.
Chicken, leek and roasted pear pie.
Pears in pomegranate wine with honey and lemon thyme.
A prickly pear cactus blooms.
There are many kinds of prickly pears and many don't grow here.
Mary Bartz with the Board stopped by Good Morning Northland and cooked up a holiday pork loin roast with sweet potatoes, pears and rosemary with meterologist Ben Dery.

In science:

So it ap pears that several physical mechanisms exist (heat conduction and/or mixing, early wind, jets) which all may contribute to the X-ray emission, as pointed out by Soker & Kastner (2003).
The evolution of planetary nebulae. V. The diffuse X-ray emission
TIME-VARYING BLOCK-ALL (SOME): Bad addresses may change over time : new sources may send malicious traffic and conversely, previously active sources may disap pear (e.g., when their vulnerabilities are patched).
Optimal Source-Based Filtering of Malicious Traffic
Let us call so(f) the set of existentially quantified function symbols that ap pear in f.
Hierarchies in Dependence Logic
The bound d pears to be the volume of a log d√d -neighborhood of the real locus for the metric induced by the curvature form of Ld .
What is the total Betti number of a random real hypersurface?
Probabilistic pear to be what have inspired t hose who work with They correspond to certain nonmonotonic logic.
Uncertain Inferences and Uncertain Conclusions