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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Quoirin arrived with her family on Saturday for a two-week stay at the Dusun, a small resort located in a durian orchard next to a forest reserve 63 kilometers (39 miles) south of Kuala Lumpur. Washington Post, "Mother’s voice pierces Malaysia jungle in search for girl," 10 Aug. 2019 Nora arrived with her family on Saturday for a two-week stay at the Dusun, a small resort located in a durian orchard next to a forest reserve about 39 miles south of Kuala Lumpur. Fox News, "British teen with special needs vanishes from Malaysian resort; family, police at odds over foul play," 6 Aug. 2019 There are berry and soft fruit gardens, a cutting garden, a vegetable garden and a small orchard. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Minutes from downtown, a garden wonderland — and you can see it in July," 20 June 2019 The home, where Grant lived with his wife, Julia, will be relocated to the corner of Orleans and Wilkins streets and include gardens and a small orchard. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Ulysses S. Grant home finally heading to Eastern Market," 13 June 2019 Georgia Americus: Authorities say two people are dead after a small plane crashed in a pecan orchard. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019 The entire property is surrounded by lakes and ponds as well as 500 live oak trees and pecan orchards. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Nearly $6M slashed from price of 'equestrian masterpiece' Brookshire ranch," 25 July 2019 It has been estimated that a single apple orchard can lift 16 tons of water a day. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "Trees can’t escape the extreme heat. But they do have some clever coping mechanisms.," 20 July 2019 The area where the amputated limbs were found is now an orchard. Fox News, "Grisly amputated limbs, French howitzer shell, discovered at Battle of Waterloo site," 19 July 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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