Definition of espalier noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪˈspæliə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈspæliər//
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  1. 1a tree or shrub that is grown flat along a wooden or wire frame on a wall
  2. 2the frame that such a tree grows along
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, from Italian spalliera, from spalla ‘shoulder’, from Latin spatula (see spatula), in late Latin, ‘shoulder blade’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: espalier