peach

Definitions

  • Moths of the peach-tree borer
    Moths of the peach-tree borer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v peach divulge confidential information or secrets "Be careful--his secretary talks"
    • n peach a shade of pink tinged with yellow
    • n peach downy juicy fruit with sweet yellowish or whitish flesh
    • n peach a very attractive or seductive looking woman
    • n peach cultivated in temperate regions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Peaches were once known as Persian apples
    • Peach (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.
    • Peach The pale red color of the peach blossom, or the light pinkish yellow of the peach fruit.
    • Peach The tree (Prunus Persica syn. Amygdalus Persica) which bears the peach fruit.
    • v. t Peach pēch To accuse of crime; to inform against.
    • v. i Peach To turn informer; to betray one's accomplice. "If I be ta'en, I'll peach for this."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first fruit eaten on the moon was a peach
    • n peach The fleshy drupaceous fruit of the tree Prunus Persica.
    • n peach 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.
    • peach To impeach; also, to inform against, as an accomplice.
    • peach To betray one's accomplices; turn informer.
    • n peach In mining, any greenish-colored soft or decomposed rock, usually chloritic schist.
    • n peach A stove.
    • n peach A person or thing of a very high order; one who or that which is very nice.
    • n peach In Sierra Leone, the Guinea peach, Sarcocephalus sambucinus. See Sarcocephalus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Almonds are members of the peach family
    • v.i Peach pēch to betray one's accomplice: to become informer
    • n Peach pēch a tree with a delicious, juicy fruit: the fruit of this tree
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Quotations

  • Pablo Picasso
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    “One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite -- that particular peach is but a detail.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing, but cabbage with a college education.”

Idioms

Drunker than a peach orchard boar - (USA) Southern US expression - Very drunk, as when a boar would eat fermented peaches that have fallen from the tree.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. peche, peshe, OF. pesche, F. pêche, fr. LL. persia, L. Persicum,sc. malum,) a Persian apple, a peach. Cf. Persian, and Parsee
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pesche (Fr. pêche, It. persica, pesca)—L. Persicum (malum), the Persian (apple).

Usage

In literature:

Apples, pears, and peaches are quartered, peeled, and then cut into small pieces.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
Neither puckered-out lip nor peach-tree twig seemed to interfere in the least with her singing.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
The boys kept their eyes on the corn and the peach trees, but failed to discover any persons moving among them.
"The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle" by Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
It delights to steal our peaches, and in spite of all we can do ruins a good many crops every year.
"The Enchanted Island" by Fannie Louise Apjohn
Howbeit, we shall have now and then a guest to keep our peaches and pears from decaying.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866" by Various
They had, also, peach trees, which were well laden.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
He had some newspapers tucked under his arm, but in his hand was a small basket of peaches almost too beautiful to be real.
"Lady Betty Across the Water"
After Peach was gone, he went in to ask old Mat what he thought about the man.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
In the Fall, fresh peaches were being shipped across the lake to Chicago from Michigan.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Mr. Corsan: This talk of the chestnut blight reminds me of a remark made by a gentleman at a peach growing convention.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
But I won't take him a peach that I've stoled.
"Shadows of Shasta" by Joaquin Miller
I will send you twenty every day as my peaches ripen.
"Special Messenger" by Robert W. Chambers
Two ounces sweet almonds with three peach kernels.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
Button-Bright was about to throw this peach-pit away when he noticed that it was of pure gold.
"The Lost Princess of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
It is also a well-known fact that one of the best of peach and apple regions is along this lake shore.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Fourth Annual Meeting" by Various
Is it not the same as it is in the apple and peach market?
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Fifth Annual Meeting" by Various
Don't you think my old girl is a peach?
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Come on, like the peach that you resemble, and sit down here in this grove of trees with me.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
If the peaches are not mellow, they will require stewing before being made into a pie.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
October peaches, nearly all clear-seed, made the finest peach butter.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
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In poetry:

Yellow and red were the apples,
And the ripe pears russet-brown,
And the peaches had stolen blushes
From the girls who shook them down.
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
“The fruit I carried he then did buy—
You lying beneath my heart—
I tendered to him the ripe peach-bough,
He tore the gold branch apart.
"The Woman Who Went To Hell [An Irish Legend]" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
Oh, sweet and low, we whispered so,
And sucked the pulp of plum and peach;
But it was many years ago,
When each, you know, was loved of each.
"Mountain Moss" by Henry Kendall
Blow, winds! and waft through all the rooms
The snow-flakes of the cherry-blooms!
Blow, winds! and bend within my reach
The fiery blossoms of the peach!
"A Day Of Sunshine. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Second)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
On downy peach, and maiden's downier cheek
I, in a flush of radiant bloom, alight,
Clinging, at sunset, to the shimmering peak
I veil its snow in floods of Roseate light.
"Song Of The Colours:" by Laurence Hope
Her skin is so white as a lily, an' each
Ov her cheäks is so downy an' red as a peach;
She's pretty a-zittèn; but oh! how my love
Do watch her to madness when woonce she do move.
"The Maid Vor My Bride" by William Barnes

In news:

Families around Augusta gathered at Lucy Laney Stadium to enjoy the Peach State All-Star Battle of the Bands over the weekend.
Obama tugs open peach state pocketbooks.
Former Early County star Shawn Williams, who attended the Peach State Pigskin Preview with coach Mark Richt on Tuesday, will be the leader of the Bulldogs' defense this season.
Lady Jets, 16-1, find success recruiting outside Peach State .
Pittcon® 2011 Goes to the Peach State .
Take a Bite Out of the Peach State .
The 28th Annual Peach Blossom Art Show kicked off Thursday at the Veterans Memorial Building in Palisade.
The other day I was searching for peer-reviewed research articles on the planting depth of peach trees.
After celebrating the first weekend open, Lennar's Peach Tree Villas in Fremont is quickly gaining reputation as the area's most exciting new community.
Peach Tree Farm in Boonville.
Welcome To The Peach Tree Farm.
Gen George H Thomas' Army of the Cumberland as it crossed Peach-tree Creek from the north.
This is our peach tree in the backyard that is just beginning to bud this spring.
We dont get many peaches, but it sure is pretty while it's blooming.
A friend of mine, Ed Hebert, brought me some peaches, so I was thinking about what I could do with them.
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In science:

Peach et al. (1994)] Peach KJ, Vick LLJ, eds., High Energy Phenomenology, Proc. 42nd Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics, St.
Spatio-temporal Chaos and Vacuum Fluctuations of Quantized Fields
Peach imparted after the conference banquet, the luminosity frontier is now charting the “Attoworld”, just as the energy frontier will soon explore the “Terascale”.] The world average is sin(2β ) = 0.675 ± 0.026.
Beauty 2006 -- Conference Summary and Future Prospects
Spin-exchange among the active atoms and with a polarizable buffer-gas (Walker and Happer, 1997) as well as pressure broadening (Corey and McCourt, 1984; Peach, 1981) are beyond the scope of the paper.
Coherent Diffusion of Polaritons in Atomic Media
His experiment involved two organ pipes which had close peach and were placed close to each other.
Dynamics of Oscillators Coupled by a Medium with Adaptive Impact
The peach and pink boxes correspond to the axion monodromy model.
WMAP9 and the single field models of inflation
The sample was selected based on magnitudes from Godwin, Metcalfe & Peach (1983, hereafter GMP).
E and S0 galaxies in the central part of the Coma cluster: Ages, metal abundances and dark matter
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