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topiary work (tō´pēĕr´ē), pruning and training of shrubs and trees into ornamental shapes, used in landscape gardening. Elaborate topiary work in which trees and shrubs are clipped to resemble statuary (e.g., birds, nymphs, urns) or are planted to form mazes or intricate geometrical patterns was once popular but now can be seen only in old-fashioned or specialized private gardens or in formal parks and botanical displays. Arborvitae, box, privet, and yew are among the plants most used for topiary gardening. See espalier.

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to·pi·ar·y / ˈtōpēˌerē/ • n. (pl. -ar·ies) the art or practice of clipping shrubs or trees into ornamental shapes. ∎  shrubs or trees clipped into ornamental shapes in such a way: a cottage surrounded by topiary and flowers. DERIVATIVES: to·pi·ar·i·an / ˌtōpēˈe(ə)rēən/ adj. to·pi·a·rist / -ərist/ n.

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topiary pert. to the trimming of shrubs into ornamental or fantastic shapes. XVI. — F. topiaire — L. topiārius, f. topia fancy or landscape gardening — Gr. tópia, pl. of tópion, dim. of tópos place; see -ARY.
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topiary Practice of trimming densely leaved evergreen shrubs and trees into decorative artificial shapes.

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