[Fr., from L. Persicus = Prunus Persica, the Persian tree.] A well-known tree and its fruit, a native of Persia, largely cultivated throughout Europe and the United States. The peach tree is of medium size, with finely-serrated leaves and beautiful flowers, which appear before the leaves and diffuse an agreeable odor. The fruit is one of the most exquisite and delicious of temperate climates. In several of the United States there are immense orchards of peaches, and large quantities are sent to the northern markets, while the canning and drying of the fruit form an important industry.