orchard

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English[edit]

An apple orchard.
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Etymology[edit]

From Old English ortgeard, a compound of ort, either from wyrt (wort (plant)) or from Latin hortus (garden), and geard (see yard). Cognate with Gothic 𐌰𐌿𐍂𐍄𐌹𐌲𐌰𐍂𐌳𐍃 (aurtigards).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɔː(ɹ).tʃəd/, /ˈɔː(ɹ).tʃɜː(ɹ)d/
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Noun[edit]

orchard (plural orchards)

  1. A garden or an area of land to the cultivation of fruit or nut trees.
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 1, The Dust of Conflict[1]:
      [] belts of thin white mist streaked the brown plough land in the hollow where Appleby could see the pale shine of a winding river. Across that in turn, meadow and coppice rolled away past the white walls of a village bowered in orchards, []
  2. The trees themselves cultivated in such an area.

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