perry

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From Middle English, peirrie; from Middle French peré; from (assumed) Vulgar Latin, piratum; from Latin, pirum.

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perry (countable and uncountable, plural perries)

  1. A fermented alcoholic beverage made from pears; somewhat analogous to cider.
    • 1853: The Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal
      M. Vasse never observed a fatal termination unless in two instances ; in which the persons, adults, had drank perry in large quantity.
    • 1892: Drinks of the World by James Mew and ‎John Ashton
      Perry is less popular than cider, but some consider it superior.
    • 2017: Glister by Andi Watson
      Sip the perry of the Black Worchester and you will belch clouds of soot.

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