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by C. Ross Jam on September 29, 2009

espalier |iˈspalyər; -yā| noun

  • a fruit tree or ornamental shrub whose branches are trained to grow flat against a wall, supported on a lattice or a framework of stakes.

  • a lattice or framework of this type.

verb [ trans. ]

train (a tree or shrub) in such a way.

Ran across this one reading Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake. I don’t think I’ve seen that word EVER in my life, until today.

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