(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.
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How to use topiary in a sentence
Cut it as a topiary à la Edward Scissorhands for a little architectural interest.
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) | Marlow Stern | April 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He cross-breeds a rocking horse and rocking dinosaur, and then realizes the hybrid as a house-high topiary.
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 | Parmy Olson | June 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
One of them was topiary, an alleged leader of the LulzSec group.
Brazil, the home of facelifts, Gisele Bündchen, and pubic topiary—clearly they know beauty.
These topiary hedges were known to the Romans, with whom the topiarius was the ornamental gardener.Amusements in Mathematics | Henry Ernest Dudeney
The basin which formerly occupied the centre was replaced some years ago by a block of yew surmounted by topiary figures.Mazes and Labyrinths | W. H. Matthews
She had glimpses of unkempt grass paths and unclipped topiary work which had lost its original form.The Shuttle | Frances Hodgson Burnett
Rapin was a great admirer of box and all topiary works, or trees cut into artificial forms.
There is a quaint charm in the results of the topiary art, in the prim imagery of evergreens, that all ages have felt.Garden Design and Architects' Gardens | W. Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for topiary
of, relating to, or characterized by the trimming or training of trees or bushes into artificial decorative animal, geometric, or other shapes
a topiary garden
the art of topiary
- topiarian (ˌtəʊpɪˈɛərɪən), adjective
- topiarist, noun
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