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Words related to the shaping of trees

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espalier
topiary
pleach
bonsai
pollard

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pollard

PRONUNCIATION:
(POL-uhrd)

MEANING:
noun: 1. A tree cut back to the trunk to encourage a dense growth of new branches. 2. An animal that has its horns or antlers removed or has shed them.
verb tr.: To cut off the top of a tree.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English polle (head).

USAGE:
"'Here because the sidewalks are so narrow, we pollard mulberry trees to keep them small so they don't obstruct passing buses,' Dimitris Papademas said."
Yvette Varvaressou; Pollarding and Pruning of Trees is an Ancient But Little Understood Art; Kathimerini (Athens, Greece); Jan 31, 2003.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe. -John Milton, poet (1608-1674)

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