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orchard

[awr-cherd] /ˈɔr tʃərd/
noun
1.
an area of land devoted to the cultivation of fruit or nut trees.
2.
a group or collection of such trees.
Origin of orchard
900
before 900; Middle English orch(i)ard, Old English orceard; replacing ortyard, Middle English ortyerd, Old English ortigeard (compare Gothic aurtigards garden), equivalent to ort- (combining form akin to wort2; later identified with Latin hortus garden) + geard yard2
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  • And you may as well go to the orchard now, while it is still light and bright.

    The Orchard Secret Cleo Garis
  • She had disobeyed by just standing outside the orchard door.

  • I will cultivate the orchard for forty years in this county if they live so long.

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  • The pipe, and also his head, again indicated the men in the orchard.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • The picture was gone in a second, of course; and I glared at the orchard fence as though that should make it transparent.

    The Record of Nicholas Freydon A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for orchard

orchard

/ˈɔːtʃəd/
noun
1.
an area of land devoted to the cultivation of fruit trees
2.
a collection of fruit trees especially cultivated
Word Origin
Old English orceard, ortigeard, from ort-, from Latin hortus garden + geardyard²
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Word Origin and History for orchard
n.

late Old English orceard "fruit garden," earlier ortgeard, perhaps reduced from wortgeard, from wort "vegetable, plant root" + geard "garden, yard" (the word also meant "vegetable garden" until 15c.); see yard (n.1). First element influenced in Middle English by Latin hortus (in Late Latin ortus) "garden," which also is from the root of yard (n.1).

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Slang definitions & phrases for orchard

orchard

Related Terms

bone-orchard, marble orchard

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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