- (of a plant) clipped or trimmed into fantastic shapes.
- of or relating to such trimming.
- topiary work; the topiary art.
- a garden containing such work.
Origin of topiary
Examples from the Web for topiary
He took meeting after meeting with giddy Hollywood executives and pitched them his followup—a sci-fi epic called A Topiary.‘Upstream Color,’ Shane Carruth’s Sci-Fi Drama, Is the Year’s Craziest Film (So Far)
April 6, 2013
Real name Hector Monsegur, he helped the FBI level charges on U.K.-based team members Topiary and Kayla.Anonymous Member Speaks About Divide in the Collective’s Mission
June 13, 2012
One of them was Topiary, an alleged leader of the LulzSec group.The Godfather of Hacking
August 19, 2011
An affected admiration for Dutch topiary also became a fashion.
May I add that poodles ought not to be shaved with a safety-razor, but should be trimmed by a topiary expert?
Unlike those found in the gardens of Colonial days, they should be carefully clipped, sometimes for topiary effects.Garden Ornaments
Mary H. Northend
Through the great number of formal gardens laid out within a few years in America, the topiary art has had a certain revival.Old-Time Gardens
Alice Morse Earle
There were bushes exhibiting fantastic examples of the topiary art, and here, too, was a sun-dial.Bat Wing
- of, relating to, or characterized by the trimming or training of trees or bushes into artificial decorative animal, geometric, or other shapes
- plural -aries
- topiary work
- a topiary garden
- the art of topiary
Word Origin and History for topiary
1590s, from Latin topiarius "of or pertaining to ornamental gardening," from topia "ornamental gardening," from Greek topia, plural of topion, originally "a field," diminutive of topos "place" (see topos). The noun is first recorded 1908, from the adjective.