trellis

[ trel-is ]
/ ˈtrɛl ɪs /

noun

verb (used with object)

Origin of trellis

1350–1400; Middle English trelis < Middle French (noun) < Late Latin trilīcius (for Latin trilīx) woven with three threads, equivalent to Latin tri- tri- + līci(um) thread + -us adj. suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for trellis

trellis

/ (ˈtrɛlɪs) /

noun

a structure or pattern of latticework, esp one used to support climbing plants
an arch made of latticework

verb (tr)

to interweave (strips of wood, etc) to make a trellis
to provide or support with a trellis
Derived Formstrellis-like, adjective

Word Origin for trellis

C14: from Old French treliz fabric of open texture, from Late Latin trilīcius woven with three threads, from Latin tri- + līcium thread
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Word Origin and History for trellis

trellis


n.

c.1400, "lattice, grating," from Old French trelis, originally "sackcloth," from Vulgar Latin *trilicius, from Latin trilicis, genitive of trilix "having three threads, triple-twilled," from tri- three + licium "thread." Cognate with Greek trimitos. Sense extended in Old French to things "woven" of iron, etc., which brought on influence of Old French treille "vine trellis," perhaps from Latin trichila "bower, arbor," which is apparently from Latin triclinium "couch extending round three sides of a table" (for reclining on at meals). Meaning "lattice used to support growing vines" is from 1510s.

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