[ toh-pee-er-ee ]
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  1. (of a plant) clipped or trimmed into fantastic shapes.

  2. of or relating to such trimming.

noun,plural to·pi·ar·ies.
  1. topiary work; the topiary art.

  2. a garden containing such work.

Origin of topiary

1585–95; <Latin topiārius pertaining to landscape-gardening or to ornamental gardens, equivalent to topi(a) (plural) artificial landscape (<Greek tópia (singular topion), diminutive of tópos place) + -ārius-ary

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British Dictionary definitions for topiary


/ (ˈtəʊpɪərɪ) /

  1. of, relating to, or characterized by the trimming or training of trees or bushes into artificial decorative animal, geometric, or other shapes

  1. plural -aries

    • topiary work

    • a topiary garden

  2. the art of topiary

Origin of topiary

C16: from French topiaire, from Latin topia decorative garden work, from Greek topion little place, from topos place

Derived forms of topiary

  • topiarian (ˌtəʊpɪˈɛərɪən), adjective
  • topiarist, noun

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