peach

1 [peech]
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.
adjective
5.
made or cooked with peaches or a flavor like that of a peach: peach pie.
6.
of the color peach.

Origin:
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

peachlike, adjective
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peach

2 [peech] Slang.
verb (used without object)
1.
to inform against an accomplice or associate.
verb (used with object)
2.
to inform against; betray.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English peche, aphetic variant of Middle English apeche < Anglo-French apecher < Late Latin impedicāre to hold up. See impeach

peacher, noun
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peach1 (piːtʃ)
 
n
1.  See also nectarine a small rosaceous tree, Prunus persica, with pink flowers and rounded edible fruit: cultivated in temperate regions
2.  See also nectarine the soft juicy fruit of this tree, which has a downy reddish-yellow skin, yellowish-orange sweet flesh, and a single stone
3.  a.  a pinkish-yellow to orange colour
 b.  (as adjective): a peach dress
4.  informal a person or thing that is especially pleasing
 
[C14 peche, from Old French, from Medieval Latin persica, from Latin Persicum mālum Persian apple]

peach2 (piːtʃ)
 
vb
slang (intr except in obsolete uses) to inform against an accomplice
 
[C15: variant of earlier apeche, from French, from Late Latin impedicāre to entangle; see impeach]
 
'peacher2
 
n

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Word Origin & History

peach
1184, from O.Fr. pesche (O.N.Fr. peske, Fr. pêche), from M.L. pesca, from L.L. pessica, variant of persica "peach, peach tree," from L. malum Persicum "Persian apple," from Gk. Persikon malon, from Persis "Persia." 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. Slang peachy "excellent" is from 1900. Peaches and cream in ref. to a type of complexion is from 1901. Georgia has been the Peach State since 1939.

peach
"to inform against," 1570 (earlier "to accuse, indict, bring to trial," c.1460), aphetic of appeach, an obs. variant of impeach (q.v.).
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Example sentences
The sweet mandarin and peach flavors of the wine echo the sweetness of the
  coconut milk in the sauce.
For peach leaf curl on peach and nectarine trees, spray with lime sulfur after
  leaves fall.
Seems a multiple-pierced and tattooed lovely in a clingy peach taffeta costume
  had melted his heart.
It was clear to both of us that my warm peach and cream cheese blintz trounced
  his deconstructed yogurt parfait.
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