Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To plait or interlace (branches or vines, for example), especially in making a hedge or an arbor.
  • transitive v. To shade or border with interlaced branches or vines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To unite by interweaving, as branches of trees; to plash; to interlock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To unite by interweaving, as branches of trees; to plash; to interlock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To unite (the branches of shrubs, vines, etc.) by plaiting, weaving, or braiding together; plash; mingle.
  • To form by intermingling or interweaving.
  • To fold, as the arms.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. interlace the shoots of
  • v. form or weave into a braid or braids

Etymologies

Middle English plechen, from Old North French plechier, probably from Latin plectere; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From an Old French variant of plessier ("plash"), from Proto-Romance plessier, from Latin plectō ("weave, plait"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Also, citation on tool.

    July 4, 2008

  • The only one left who could use a scythe
    in all Onibury, or pleach a hedge
    the old way: but could not understand
    how the electric cooker worked or
    (and this takes some believing) the light switched on -
    when his wife died he sat in the dark, hungry.

    Dialled the Surgery with my assistance,
    held the phone in two paws like a sad dog
    gnawing a bone, not knowing which end spoke.

    - Peter Reading, Bereft, in Tom O' Bedlam's Beauties (1981)

    June 22, 2008

  • See also citation on pleached.

    April 27, 2008