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es·pal·ier  audio  (-splyr, -y) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A tree or shrub that is trained to grow in a flat plane against a wall, often in a symmetrical pattern.
  2. A trellis or other framework on which an espalier is grown.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
es·pal·iered, es·pal·ier·ing, es·pal·iers
  1. To train as or on an espalier.
  2. To provide with an espalier.

ETYMOLOGY:
French, from Italian spalliera, shoulder support, from spalla, shoulder, from Late Latin spatula, shoulder blade, from Latin ; see spatula


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