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Dec 10, 2008
This week's theme
Words related to the shaping of trees

This week's words
espalier
topiary
pleach
bonsai
pollard

Pleached Trees
Arches Pleached arches
Bicycle Pleached arches
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pleach

PRONUNCIATION:
(pleech, playch)

MEANING:
To interlace branches or vines to make a hedge, decorative shape, arbor, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French plechier, from Latin plectere (to plait). Ultimately from the Indo-European root plek- (to plait) that is also the source of plait, pleat, pliant, ply, apply, deploy, display, exploit, replicate, and perplex.

USAGE:
"Twenty years ago I planted a row of limes along the drive at the Mills, thinking only to pleach them so they could filter the wind."
Germaine Greer; Lime Trees; The Daily Telegraph (London, UK); Jul 5, 2003.

"Limes are ideal for pleaching because they grow fast, respond enthusiastically to pruning, and have very long whippy new stems that are easy to bend and tie into position."
Monty Don; Pleacher's Pet; The Observer (London, UK); Nov 3, 2002.

See more usage examples of pleach in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When the flag is unfurled, all reason is in the trumpet. -Ukrainian proverb

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