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topiary

Syllabification: to·pi·ar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈtōpēˌerē
 
/

Definition of topiary in English:

noun (plural topiaries)

1The art or practice of clipping shrubs or trees into ornamental shapes.
Example sentences
  • The horticultural art of topiary dates back at least 2,000 years, to when the ancient Romans cut bushes and trees into ornamental shapes.
  • Some varieties lend themselves to topiary sculpture, espalier, or bonsai training.
  • In fact, topiary pruning can create health hazards for the plant, lower it's value and waste time and money.
1.1Shrubs or trees clipped into ornamental shapes: a cottage surrounded by topiary and flowers
More example sentences
  • Container and garden grown rosemary takes well to training into topiaries.
  • There were two expensive holly topiaries planted on either side of the tall elegant columns at the front door.
  • You can make and maintain 25 stunning topiaries to add elegance and beauty to your home.

Origin

late 16th century: from French topiaire, from Latin topiarius 'ornamental gardener', from topia opera 'fancy gardening', from a diminutive of Greek topos 'place'.

Derivatives

topiarian

1
Pronunciation: /ˌtōpēˈe(ə)rēən/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The grounds are magnificent with an attractive walled garden, a topiarian maze and nature trails.
  • The gardens have small topiarian trees, rose arbours, palm and lemon trees and a profusion of colourful flowers.
  • Byatt's stories simmer with a sensuality and passion which, like topiarian trees in a formal garden, are pruned and trained into cultivated shapes whilst retaining the wild scent of the orchard.

topiarist

2
noun
Example sentences
  • I'd finished putting some chunky brass screws into the fence panels ripped loose by the rampaging Italian topiarists and was getting ready to fill up the birds' seed feeders.
  • James had run his hair salon - Total Look in Epsom - for 20 years when he made a momentous decision four years ago: he would become a topiarist, and trim trees and bushes instead of hair.
  • It's all down to the skill, imagination and personality of the topiarist in question.

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