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trellis

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noun trel·lis \ˈtre-ləs\

Simple Definition of trellis

  • : a frame with long pieces of wood that cross each other that is used as a support for climbing plants

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of trellis

  1. 1 :  a frame of latticework used as a screen or as a support for climbing plants

  2. 2 :  a construction (as a summerhouse) chiefly of latticework

  3. 3 :  an arrangement that forms or gives the effect of a lattice <a trellis of interlacing streams>

trellised

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Origin and Etymology of trellis

Middle English trelis, from Anglo-French treleis, from Old French treille arbor, from Latin trichila summerhouse


First Known Use: 14th century

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trellis

transitive verb trel·lis

Definition of trellis

  1. 1 :  to provide with a trellis; especially :  to train (as a vine) on a trellis

  2. 2 :  to cross or interlace on or through :  interweave



15th Century

First Known Use of trellis

15th century

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Rhymes with trellis


TRELLIS Defined for Kids

trellis

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noun trel·lis \ˈtre-ləs\

Definition of trellis for Students

  1. :  a frame of lattice used especially as a screen or a support for climbing plants




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