Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to topiary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the ornamental cutting and trimming of trees, hedges, etc.; practicing ornamental gardening.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or practising topiary work.

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Examples

  • Goats are over-plentiful here, and the hollies, oaks and thorns along the path have been gnawed by them into quaint patterns like the topiarian work in old-fashioned gardens.

    Old Calabria

  • This sunk garden, with its turf, its stone walks, that are not walked upon, its small evergreens, cut by topiarian art into the semblance of birds, its low-growing plants rich in varicoloured flowers, its evergreen arbour at the farther end as a background to a statue of Venus, its little fountain in the centre, is a spot that always attracts visitors -- attracts and holds them by its spell of quiet beauty.

    Hampton Court

  • Brown, have been somewhat too resolutely robbed of the formal avenues, clipped hedges, and other topiarian adjuncts which comport so well with the starch prudery of things Elizabethan; but they are still replete with grotto, fountain, labyrinth, and alcove -- a very paradise for the more court-bred rank of sylphs, and the gentler elves of Queen Titania.

    The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper

  • It was surrounded by tall clipped hedges of yew and holly, some of which still exhibited the skill of the topiarian artist, *

    The Antiquary

  • Watteau, and our own Wilson, in his earlier works, painted -- the trim alleys exhibiting all the triumphs of topiarian art --

    Rookwood

  • It was surrounded by tall clipped hedges of yew and holly, some of which still exhibited the skill of the _topiarian_ artist, * and presented curious arm-chairs, towers, and the figures of Saint George and the

    The Antiquary — Complete

  • It was surrounded by tall clipped hedges of yew and holly, some of which still exhibited the skill of the topiarian artist,5 and presented curious arm-chairs, towers, and the figures of Saint George and the Dragon.

    The Antiquary

  • Many and various as have been the re-plannings it may be believed that never have the gardens looked better than at present, when taste in things floricultural has broken away from the formalism of scroll-pattern borders and indulgence in the eccentricities of topiarian art -- is even, it is to be hoped, on the way to free itself finally from the ugliness of "carpet bedding" -- when plants are largely grouped and massed instead of being placed in alternate kinds at regular intervals in geometrical patterns.

    Hampton Court

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