or·​chard | \ ˈȯr-chərd How to pronounce orchard (audio) \

Definition of orchard

: a planting of fruit trees, nut trees, or sugar maples also : the trees of such a planting

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The modern look comes with a nice nostalgic touch: This new venue is called Bosc + Bartlett, in honor of the pear orchards that once thrived right here. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "First Look: Santa Clara Marriott’s airy new Bosc + Bartlett restaurant, lounge," 3 July 2019 Surrounding the home are gardens and 65 acres of pear orchards. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "All the Photos and Details (and Olympic Guests!) from Skater Meryl Davis’ ‘Magical’ French Wedding," 29 June 2019 His hives were ready to move into position in the almond orchards. Lucas Foglia, National Geographic, "Beekeepers hit hard by thefts of hives," 3 May 2019 On dry land, the options are just as bountiful: there are lush forests with native herbs like horopito; gardens with rainbows of organic produce, and acres of stonefruits in sprawling orchards. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The 7 Dishes You Have to Eat in New Zealand," 25 July 2018 Meanwhile, in Wonderful’s vast almond orchards, the honeybees will have to do the job alone. Paige Embry, Scientific American, "A Promising Backup to the Honeybee Is Shut Down," 5 Mar. 2018 Plant perennials among garden plants for stable habitats, or white clover as a groundcover in orchards. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Insects You Should Actually Want Around Your Plants," 11 May 2016 The Château stretches across 17 acres of land, filled with wide gardens, orchards, streams, and a 25 x 10 meter mirror pool. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Arrive at Magnificent French Château Where They Will Wed," 27 June 2019 Customize with an outdoor kitchen, fruit tree orchard, grapevines or add to the existing lawn and gardens. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Pristine property at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Almaden Valley," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of orchard

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orchard

Middle English, from Old English ortgeard, from ort- (from Latin hortus garden) + geard yard — more at yard

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The first known use of orchard was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of orchard

: a place where people grow fruit trees


or·​chard | \ ˈȯr-chərd How to pronounce orchard (audio) \

Kids Definition of orchard

: a place where fruit trees are grown

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