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  1. an arbor formed of horizontal trelliswork supported on columns or posts, over which vines or other plants are trained.
  2. a colonnade having the form of such an arbor.
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Origin of pergola

1645–55; < Italian < Latin pergula projecting roof, arbor
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  1. a horizontal trellis or framework, supported on posts, that carries climbing plants and may form a covered walk
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Word Origin

C17: via Italian from Latin pergula projection from a roof, from pergere to go forward
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Word Origin and History for pergola


latticework structure for climbing plants, 1670s, from Italian pergola, from Latin pergula "school, lecture room; projecting roof, vine arbor," of uncertain origin; perhaps from pergere "to come forward."

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