a trellis or framework on which the trunk and branches of fruit trees or shrubs are trained to grow in one plane.
a plant so trained.
to train on an espalier.
to furnish with an espalier.
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How to use espalier in a sentence
A beautiful portion of Holland's glorious history affords the espalier, around which the tendrils of my narrative entwine.The Burgomaster's Wife, Complete | Georg Ebers
The apricot is a favorite tree for espalier training against walls and fences, in small yards, where it bears luxuriantly.Soil Culture | J. H. Walden
Trained as an espalier, with protection of straw or mats, it will do tolerably well throughout the Middle states.Soil Culture | J. H. Walden
The left arm being defended by the target has no espalier or pauldron, but only coude, vambraces, and gauntlets.Spanish Arms and Armour | Albert F. Calvert
A branch from Andreasens espalier, an apple branch of all things, thrust itself up across the opening.Egholm and his God | Johannes Buchholtz
British Dictionary definitions for espalier
an ornamental shrub or fruit tree that has been trained to grow flat, as against a wall
the trellis, framework, or arrangement of stakes on which such plants are trained
the method used to produce such plants
(tr) to train (a plant) on an espalier
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