adjective Etymology: New Latin pyriformis, from Medieval Latin pyrum pear (alteration of Latin pirum) + Latin -iformis -iform Date: 1741 having the form of a pear

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  • Pyriform — Pyr i*form, a. [L. pyrum, pirum, a pear + form: cf. F. pyriforme, piriforme.] Having the form of a pear; pear shaped. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pyriform — [pir′ə fôrm΄] adj. [ModL pyriformis < ML pyrum, for L pirum, PEAR: see FORM] pear shaped: also sp. piriform …   English World dictionary

  • pyriform — SYN: piriform. [L. pyrum (prop. pirum), pear, + forma, form] * * * pyriform, pyriformis var of PIRIFORM, PIRIFORMIS * * * pyr·i·form (pirґĭ form) piriform …   Medical dictionary

  • pyriform — pear shaped …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • pyriform — adj. [L. pyrum, a pear; forma, shape] Having the shape of a pear; round and large at one end, generally tapering to the other …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • pyriform — /pir euh fawrm /, adj. pear shaped. [1695 1705; < NL pyriformis pear shaped, equiv. to pyri (for piri ; L pir(um) PEAR + i I ) + formis FORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • pyriform — adjective pear shaped. Sometimes (e.g. while describing eggs) also called a peg top shape …   Wiktionary

  • pyriform — shaped like a pear Shapes and Resemblance …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • pyriform — adj. pear like; resembling a pear …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pyriform — [ pɪrɪfɔ:m] (also piriform) adjective Anatomy & Biology pear shaped. Origin C18: from mod. L. pyriformis, from pyrum (misspelling of pirum pear ) + iform …   English new terms dictionary

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