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espalier

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noun es·pal·ier \i-ˈspal-yər, -ˌyā\

Definition of espalier

  1. 1 :  a plant (as a fruit tree) trained to grow flat against a support (as a wall)

  2. 2 :  a railing or trellis on which fruit trees or shrubs are trained to grow flat

Origin and Etymology of espalier

French, ultimately from Italian spalla shoulder, from Late Latin spatula shoulder blade — more at epaulet


First Known Use: 1662


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espalier

verb es·pal·ier

Definition of espalier

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to train as an espalier

  3. 2 :  to furnish with an espalier

1810

First Known Use of espalier

1810


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