trellis

[trel-is]
noun
1.
a frame or structure of latticework; lattice.
2.
a framework of this kind used as a support for growing vines or plants.
3.
a summerhouse, gazebo, arch, etc., made chiefly or completely of latticework.
4.
Heraldry. a charge of bendlets overlying bendlets sinister, the whole being cloué at the crossings.
verb (used with object)
5.
to furnish with a trellis.
6.
to enclose in a trellis.
7.
to train or support on a trellis.
8.
to form into or like a trellis.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English trelis < Middle French (noun) < Late Latin trilīcius (for Latin trilīx) woven with three threads, equivalent to Latin tri- tri- + līci(um) thread + -us adj. suffix

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trellis (ˈtrɛlɪs)
 
n
1.  a structure or pattern of latticework, esp one used to support climbing plants
2.  an arch made of latticework
 
vb
3.  to interweave (strips of wood, etc) to make a trellis
4.  to provide or support with a trellis
 
[C14: from Old French treliz fabric of open texture, from Late Latin trilīcius woven with three threads, from Latin tri- + līcium thread]
 
'trellis-like
 
adj

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trellis
c.1400, "lattice, grating," from O.Fr. trelis, originally "sackcloth," from V.L. *trilicius, from L. trilicis, gen. of trilix "having three threads, triple-twilled," from tri- three + licium "thread." Cognate with Gk. trimitos. Sense extended in O.Fr. to things "woven" of iron, etc., which brought on
infl. of O.Fr. treille "vine trellis," perhaps from L. trichila "bower, arbor," which is apparently from L. triclinium "couch extending round three sides of a table" (for reclining on at meals). Meaning "lattice used to support growing vines" is from 1513.
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Example sentences for trellises
The vine is grown on the ground or more commonly on trellises.
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