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Line breaks: pleach
Pronunciation: /pliːtʃ

Definition of pleach in English:


[with object] (usually as adjective pleached)
Entwine or interlace (tree branches) to form a hedge or provide cover for an outdoor walkway: an avenue of pleached limes
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  • There are pleached trees laden with apples and a huge fig tree drips with almost-ripe fruit.
  • If space is really a problem, consider pleaching a pear tree against a south facing wall.
  • In Ireland, don't even think about growing it unless you live in one of those hot pockets warmed by the Gulf Stream, where it should do well pleached on a warm sunny wall.


late Middle English: from an Old French variant of plaissier (see plash2).

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