- a lattice or trellis on which trees and shrubs are trained to grow flat
- a plant, tree, etc. so trained
Origin of espalierFrench from Italian spalliera, support for the shoulders from spalla, the shoulder from Classical Latin spatula: see spatula
- to train as or on an espalier
- to provide with an espalier
- A tree or shrub that is trained to grow in a flat plane against a wall or trellis, often in a symmetrical pattern.
- A trellis or other framework on which an espalier is grown.
transitive verbes·pal·iered, es·pal·ier·ing, es·pal·iers
- To train as or on an espalier.
- To provide with an espalier.
Origin of espalierFrench from Italian spalliera shoulder support from spalla shoulder from Late Latin spatula shoulder blade from Latin; see spatula .
(third-person singular simple present espaliers, present participle espaliering, simple past and past participle espaliered)
- To train a plant in this manner.