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Kanji 2086

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Synopsis

The Japanese pear is tough and spotted, inspiring fun terms that implicitly compare rough-hewn or polka-dotted entities to this fruit. (For example, a word for "avocado" breaks down as "alligator + pear"!) Moreover, 梨 pops up in words for pear-shaped things. See why this occurs even though a Japanese pear is round. Also find out why 梨園 means something extremely different from "pear garden."

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Kanji PDF
Cover of essay 2086 on 梨 (pear), "Japanese Pears: Putting the Rough in Roughage"
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