from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cultivated variety of pear having greenish-yellow skin blushed with russet-red and yellowish, juicy, fine-textured flesh.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From French (Doyenne du) Comice, (Dean of the) Show, from comice (agricole), (agricultural) show, from Old French, convention, from Latin comitia; see comitia.


  • Penny raved about her Comice Pear "Autumn Salad," with persimmons, pomegranates and walnut praline powder.

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  • "The market for red Comice pears is small, and they've got the tonnage," Mr. Naumes said.

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  • In one sitting, he was said to have put away a hundred oysters, four bottles of white wine, a dozen salt-meadow lamb cutlets, duckling with turnips, a brace of roast partridge, a Normandy sole, dessert and Comice pears.

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  • Mr. CLEMENS: Once again, Mr. Comice (ph), I think he misremembers the conversation that we had.

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  • Add 2 minced onions, 1 pound of peeled and chopped sunchokes, 1 cubed russet potato and 2 cubed Comice pears.

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  • The recipe called for Comice pears, but I was only able to find red Anjou pear.

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  • Doyenne du Comice pears, with their distinctive Chanel No. 5 fragrance, do well in gardens north of Toronto, Canada.

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  • Next time I'll pair it with a chunk of Point Reyes, sliced Comice pear and a few unsalted pistachios, perfect for a dessert course.

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  • And last, a Comice pear with a wedge of blue cheese.

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  • It looked a bit like a flattened pear, an overripe Comice dropped from a height onto its bottom, and would, she reflected, have been much improved had someone alleviated the unimaginative symmetry by propping a giant leaf up against the central stem of chimneys.

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