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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to shelter in or as in a bower; cover or surround with foliage.
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Also imbower.

Origin of embower

First recorded in 1570–80; em-1 + bower1
Related formsun·em·bow·ered, adjective
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Examples from the Web for embower

Historical Examples

  • This accounts for the wealth of roses which embower the trees and houses.

    A Flight in Spring

    J. Harris Knowles

  • Vines were planted that in the course of time would cover and embower it; there was a tiny fireplace for chilly days.

  • Even the grove of banana trees that used to embower his house had been swept away.

    The Log of a Sea-Waif

    Frank T. Bullen

  • First, the water-works tower rises above the mass of trees which embower the settlement.

  • Embower a cottage thickly and completely with nothing but roses, and nobody would desire the interference of another plant.

British Dictionary definitions for embower


  1. (tr) archaic to enclose in or as in a bower
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