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French épargne a sparing or saving; a treasury.


épergne (plural épergnes)

  1. A centerpiece for table decoration, usually consisting of several dishes or receptacles of different sizes grouped together in an ornamental design.
    Our épergne is a little treasury of sweetmeats, fruits, and flowers. — Brewer.

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