espalier

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English[edit]

Espaliered fruit tree.

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French espalier, from Italian spalliera, from spalla (shoulder).

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪˈspalɪə/, /ɛsˈpæl.ɪ.eɪ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪˈspæl.jɚ/, /ɪˈspæl.jeɪ/
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Noun[edit]

espalier (plural espaliers)

  1. A latticework used to shape or train the branches of a tree or shrub into a two-dimensional ornamental or useful design, as along a wall or fence.
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 223:
      The garment stalls carried the traditional blue vine-dressers' outfits, sunhats, and the great willow pitchforks grown in espalier at villages like Sauve.
  2. A plant that has been shaped in this manner.

Verb[edit]

espalier (third-person singular simple present espaliers, present participle espaliering, simple past and past participle espaliered)

  1. To train a plant in this manner.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian spalliera.

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Noun[edit]

espalier m (plural espaliers)

  1. (agriculture) espalier
  2. (sports) wall bars

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Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French espalier, from Italian spalliera, from spalla (shoulder).

Noun[edit]

espalier

  1. (agriculture) espalier
  2. A formation of people lined up in two columns facing each other (to secure a passageway).
  • Danne espalier

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