from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tree or shrub that is trained to grow in a flat plane against a wall, often in a symmetrical pattern.
- n. A trellis or other framework on which an espalier is grown.
- transitive v. To train as or on an espalier.
- transitive v. To provide with an espalier.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A latticework used to shape or train the branches of a tree or shrub into a two-dimensional ornamental or useful design, as along a wall or fence.
- n. A plant that has been shaped in this manner.
- v. To train a plant in this manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A railing or trellis upon which fruit trees or shrubs are trained, as upon a wall; a tree or row of trees so trained.
- transitive v. To form an espalier of, or to protect by an espalier.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In horticulture: A trelliswork of various forms on which the branches of fruit-trees or -bushes are extended horizontally, in fan shape, etc., in a single plane, with the object of securing for the plant a freer circulation of air as well as better exposure to the sun.
- n. A tree or plant trained on such a trellis or system. Trees trained as espaliers are not subjected to such abrupt variations of temperature as wall-trees.
- To train on or protect by an espalier, as a tree or trees.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a trellis on which ornamental shrub or fruit tree is trained to grow flat
French, from Italian spalliera, shoulder support, from spalla, shoulder, from Late Latin spatula, shoulder blade, from Latin; see spatula.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French espalier, from Italian spalliera, from spalla ("shoulder"). (Wiktionary)