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1A red dyewood obtained from certain tropical American trees of the family Caesalpiniaceae (Leguminosae), especially Caesalpinia echinata.
2The wood of the peach, Prunus persica.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Forme Courts of Admiraltie. From peach + wood.
peach wood/ˈpiːtʃ wʊd/
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