1. a lattice or trellis on which trees and shrubs are trained to grow flat
2. a plant, tree, etc. so trained
3. to train as or on an espalier
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Word origin of 'espalier'
Fr < It spalliera
, support for the shoulders < spalla
, the shoulder < L spatula
: see spatula