[ih-purn, ey-pairn]
an ornamental piece for the center of a table, for holding fruit, flowers, etc.

1755–65; perhaps < French épargne treasury, saving, noun derivative of épargner to save < Germanic; compare German sparen to save, spare

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epergne (ɪˈpɜːn)
an ornamental centrepiece for a table: a stand with holders for sweetmeats, fruit, flowers, etc
[C18: probably from French épargne a saving, from épargner to economize, of Germanic origin; compare spare]

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They had no flowers on the table, and but rarely an epergne or dish with fruit.
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