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peach1

[peech]
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noun
  1. the subacid, juicy, drupaceous fruit of a tree, Prunus persica, of the rose family.
  2. the tree itself, cultivated in temperate climates.
  3. a light pinkish yellow, as of a peach.
  4. Informal. a person or thing that is especially attractive, liked, or enjoyed.
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adjective
  1. made or cooked with peaches or a flavor like that of a peach: peach pie.
  2. of the color peach.
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Origin of peach1

1325–75; Middle English peche < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *pess(i)ca, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular) of Latin Persicum, mālum Persicum peach, literally, Persian apple; compare Old English persoc, German Pfirsich, Dutch perzik peach, all ≪ Latin; cf. apricot
Related formspeach·like, adjective

peach2

[peech]Slang.
verb (used without object)
  1. to inform against an accomplice or associate.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to inform against; betray.
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Origin of peach2

1425–75; late Middle English peche, aphetic variant of Middle English apeche < Anglo-French apecher < Late Latin impedicāre to hold up. See impeach
Related formspeach·er, noun
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peach1

noun
  1. a small rosaceous tree, Prunus persica, with pink flowers and rounded edible fruit: cultivated in temperate regionsSee also nectarine (def. 1)
  2. the soft juicy fruit of this tree, which has a downy reddish-yellow skin, yellowish-orange sweet flesh, and a single stoneSee also nectarine (def. 2)
    1. a pinkish-yellow to orange colour
    2. (as adjective)a peach dress
  3. informal a person or thing that is especially pleasing
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Word Origin

C14 peche, from Old French, from Medieval Latin persica, from Latin Persicum mālum Persian apple

peach2

verb
  1. (intr except in obsolete uses) slang to inform against an accomplice
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Derived Formspeacher, noun

Word Origin

C15: variant of earlier apeche, from French, from Late Latin impedicāre to entangle; see impeach
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Word Origin and History for peach

n.

c.1400 (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French pesche "peach, peach tree" (Old North French peske, Modern French pêche), and directly from Medieval Latin pesca, from Late Latin pessica, variant of persica "peach, peach tree," from Latin malum Persicum, literally "Persian apple," translating Greek Persikon malon, from Persis "Persia" (see Persian).

In ancient Greek Persikos could mean "Persian" or "the peach." The tree is native to China, but reached Europe via Persia. By 1663 William Penn observed peaches in cultivation on American plantations. Meaning "attractive woman" is attested from 1754; that of "good person" is from 1904. Peaches and cream in reference to a type of complexion is from 1901. Peach blossom as a color is from 1702. Georgia has been the Peach State since 1939.

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v.

"to inform against," 1560s (earlier "to accuse, indict, bring to trial," mid-15c.), a shortening of appeach, an obsolete variant of impeach. Related: Peached; peaching.

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