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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Pesche, Pesh, Pea(t)ch, n. Also: petche. [ME. and e.m.E. peche (Chaucer), pes(s)he (15th c.), peach(e (16th c.), OF. peche, earlier pesche.] A peach, the fruit. Also attrib. — 1587-99 Hume 30/145.
Sume plucks the honie plowm and peare The cherrie and the pesche
1612 Bk. Rates (Halyb.) 312.
Pesh Geneva … condeit [sic in pr.] … Venice dry peshes
1682 5th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 610/2.
To my Lord Lithgows man … with peatches
1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 328.
Whom he … turnd as pale as a peach
16.. Admir. Ct. Form 66.
Petche wood is for litting reed but not so reed as Brazill wood

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