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peach

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Autumn Red peaches (noun sense 2)

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English peche, from Old French pesche (French: pêche) from Medieval Latin pesca, from Vulgar Latin pessica from Classical Latin persica, from malum persicum (Persian apple), from Ancient Greek μῆλον περσικόν (mêlon persikón, Persian apple). See Perse.

NounEdit

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peach (plural peaches)

  1. A tree (Prunus persica), native to China and now widely cultivated throughout temperate regions, having pink flowers and edible fruit.
  2. ​ The soft juicy stone fruit of the peach tree, having yellow flesh, downy, red-tinted yellow skin, and a deeply sculptured pit or stone containing a single seed.
    • 1915?, T S Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
      Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare eat a peach?
      I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
  3. A light moderate to strong yellowish pink to light orange color.
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  4. (informal) A particularly admirable or pleasing person or thing.
    • 2012 September 15, Amy Lawrence, “Arsenal's Gervinho enjoys the joy of six against lowly Southampton”, the Guardian:
      Arsenal's dominance was reflected in a flurry of goals before half-time – three in six minutes: first, Podolski turned the screw with a peach of a free-kick; then Gervinho accelerated on to Mikel Arteta's beautifully crafted pass and beat Davis at his near post with conviction; and finally Southampton's defence unspooled completely when Gervinho broke to release Gibbs, whose return ball cannoned off Nathaniel Clyne for Southampton's second own goal of a sobering afternoon.
  5. The large, edible berry of the Sarcocephalus esculentus, a rubiaceous climbing shrub of west tropical Africa.
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peach

  1. (colour) Of the color peach.
  2. Particularly pleasing or agreeable.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English pechen, from apechen (to accuse) and empechen (to accuse), possibly from Anglo-Norman anpecher, from Late Latin impedicō (entangle). See impeach.

VerbEdit

peach (third-person singular simple present peaches, present participle peaching, simple past and past participle peached)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To inform on someone; turn informer.
    • Shakespeare
      If I be ta'en, I'll peach for this.
    • 1916, James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Macmillan Press Ltd, paperback, 21)
      And his father had told him if he ever wanted anything to write home to him and, whatever he did, never to peach on a fellow.
    • 1913, Rex Stout, Her Forbidden Knight, 1997 Carroll & Graf edition, ISBN 0786704446, page 123:
      "Do you think we want to peach? No, thank you. We may be none too good, but we won't hang a guy up, no matter who he is. [] "
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To inform against.
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