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The seeds of jardiniere were planted back in ancient Germanic languages whose words for "garden" eventually grew into Old French jardin, a term that produced several offshoots, including the French word jardinier, meaning "gardener," and its feminine form jardinière (literally, "female gardener"). It was that jardinière that blossomed into the French (and later the English) word for a large ornamental flowerpot or plant stand. By the way, the Germanic forerunners of the French terms are also distantly linked to another word important to English-speakers: garden.
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