New Standards for Topiaries


[toh-pee-er-ee] adjective, noun, plural -ar⋅ies. Horticulture
1. (of a plant) clipped or trimmed into fantastic shapes.
2. of or pertaining to such trimming.
3. topiary work; the topiary art.
4. a garden containing such work.

1585–95; < class="ital-inline">topiārius pertaining to landscape-gardening or to ornamental gardens, equiv. to topi(a) (pl.) artificial landscape (< class="ital-inline">tópia (sing. topion), dim. of tópos place) + -ārius -ary


1. the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.
2. the idea, image, desire, feeling, etc., itself.
3. the state of being obsessed.
4. the act of obsessing.

1505–15; < class="ital-inline">obsessiōn- (s. of obsessiō) blockade, siege, equiv. to obsess(us) (see obsess ) + -iōn- -ion

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