One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of timber, especially cypress: showing signs of localized decay, often in small rounded patches running with the grain, caused by various fungi affecting the heartwood of the living tree.
Like the peck of a bird, specifically (of a kiss) consisting of a peck.
Mid 19th century. Apparently from peck + -y<br>late 19th century. From peck + -y.
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