[ pleech ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to interweave (branches, vines, etc.), as for a hedge or arbor.

  2. to make or renew (a hedge, arbor, etc.) by such interweaving.

  1. to braid (hair).

Origin of pleach

1350–1400; Middle English plechen, variant of plashen to plash2

Other words from pleach

  • un·pleached, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pleach in a sentence

  • But he is equally at home in the gardens of the country gentlemen with their "pleached bowers" and "leafy orchards."

  • The Intendant, ever attentive to her wishes, offered his arm to lead her into the pleached walks of the illuminated garden.

    The Golden Dog | William Kirby
  • Reynard wakes up, catches Chanticleer (who is holding the censer) by the neck, and bolts into a thick pleached plantation.

  • Then he and Nancy turned from the tempting stream and walked up a pleached alley of withies woven and interarched.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
  • There, definitely, he could trace the remains of flower-plots; pleached paths; low hedges and lichened rocks.

    Out of the Air | Inez Haynes Irwin

British Dictionary definitions for pleach


/ (pliːtʃ) /

  1. mainly British to interlace the stems or boughs of (a tree or hedge): Also: plash

Origin of pleach

C14 plechen, from Old North French plechier, from Latin plectere to weave, plait; compare plash ²

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