ETYM Old Eng. peche, peshe, Old Fren. pesche, French pęche, from Late Lat. persia, Latin Persicum (sc. malum) a Persian apple, a peach. Related to Persian, and Parsee.
(Irregular plural: peaches).
1. Cultivated in temperate regions; SYN. peach tree, Prunus persica.
2. Downy juicy fruit with sweet yellowish or whitish flesh.
Tree Prunus persica, family Rosaceae. It has ovate leaves and small, usually pink flowers. The yellowish edible fruits have thick velvety skins; the nectarine is a smooth-skinned variety.