American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small Chinese tree (Prunus persica) widely cultivated throughout temperate regions, having pink flowers and edible fruit.
- n. The soft juicy fruit of this tree, having yellow flesh, downy, red-tinted yellow skin, and a deeply sculptured stone containing a single seed.
- n. A light moderate to strong yellowish pink to light orange.
- n. Informal A particularly admirable or pleasing person or thing.
- v. To inform on someone; turn informer: "Middle-level bureaucrats cravenly peach on their bosses [when] one of them does something the tiniest bit illegal” ( National Observer).
- v. To inform against: "He has peached me and all the others, to save his life” ( Daniel Defoe).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fleshy drupaceous fruit of the tree Prunus Persica.
- n. A garden and orchard tree, Prunus (Amygdalus) Persica. The peach is a rather weak irregular tree, 15 or 20 feet high, with shining lanceolate leaves, and pink flowers (see cut under
calyciflorate) appearing before the leaves. The roundish or elliptical fruit is 2 or 3 inches in diameter, and covered with down; when ripe, the color is whitish or yellow, beautifully flushed with red; its flesh is subacid, luscious, and wholesome. The peach is closely allied to the almond, from which Darwin inclines to derive it. Its local origin has commonly been ascribed to Persia, but the investigations of De Candolle point to China. It is now widely cultivated in warm-temperate climates, most successfully in China and the United States, as in Delaware, on the shores of the Chesapeake and Lake Michigan, and in California. (See curl, 4, peach-blight, and peach-yellows.) The canning of peaches is now a large local industry; large quantities also are dried, and some are made into peach-brandy. The seeds often take the place of bitter almonds as a source of oil, etc. Peach-leaves and -flowers we laxative and anthelmintic. The varieties of the peach are numberless, a general distinction lying between clingstones and freestones (see these words), and again between the white- and the yellow-fleshed. (See nectarine.) The flat peach or peento is a fancy Chinese variety, having the fruit so compressed that only the skin covers the ends of the stone. Another Chinese variety, the crooked peach, has the fruit long and bent, and remarkably sweet. In ornamental use there is a weeping peach; and various dwarf and double-flowered varieties, called flowering peaches, have been produced with pure white or variously, often very brilliantly, colored flowers.
- To impeach; also, to inform against, as an accomplice.
- To betray one's accomplices; turn informer.
- n. In mining, any greenish-colored soft or decomposed rock, usually chloritic schist.
- n. A stove.
- n. A person or thing of a very high order; one who or that which is very nice.
- n. In Sierra Leone, the Guinea peach, Sarcocephalus sambucinus. See Sarcocephalus.
- n. A tree (Prunus persica), native to China and now widely cultivated throughout temperate regions, having pink flowers and edible fruit.
- n. 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.
- n. A light moderate to strong yellowish pink to light orange color.
- n. informal A particularly admirable or pleasing person or thing.
- n. The large, edible berry of the Sarcocephalus esculentus, a rubiaceous climbing shrub of west tropical Africa.
- adj. colour Of the color peach.
- adj. Particularly pleasing or agreeable.
- v. intransitive, obsolete To inform on someone; turn informer.
- v. transitive, obsolete To inform against.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To accuse of crime; to inform against.
- v. Obs. or Colloq. To turn informer; to betray one's accomplice.
- n. (Bot.) A well-known high-flavored juicy fruit, containing one or two seeds in a hard almond-like endocarp or stone. In the wild stock the fruit is hard and inedible.
- n. The tree (Prunus Persica syn. Amygdalus Persica) which bears the peach fruit.
- n. The pale red color of the peach blossom, or the light pinkish yellow of the peach fruit.
- v. divulge confidential information or secrets
- n. downy juicy fruit with sweet yellowish or whitish flesh
- n. a shade of pink tinged with yellow
- n. cultivated in temperate regions
- n. a very attractive or seductive looking woman
- From Middle English pechen, from apechen ("to accuse") and empechen ("to accuse"), possibly from Anglo-Norman anpecher, from Late Latin impedicō ("entangle"). See impeach. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English peche, from Old French, a peach, from Latin persica, peach tree, from Greek persikē, from feminine of Persikos, Persian; see perse.Middle English pechen, from apechen, to accuse (probably from Anglo-Norman *anpecher, from Late Latin impedicāre, to entangle; see impeach) and from empechen, to accuse; see impeach. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I just had a fresh peach for the first time last summer and holy god, the peach is an earthly delight.”
“To me the peach is the queen, the Koh-i-noor, the Cotopaxi, the Angkor Wat, the Bach unaccompanied cello suites of fruit.”
“When a peach is at its most sublime, it needs a plate to catch the juice, though I often forget.”
“The delicious and versatile peach is a natural for preserves and baked goods, and they are available in abundance to be sampled at this fair.”
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