topiary (adj.) 1590s, from L. topiarius "of or pertaining to ornamental gardening," from topia "ornamental gardening," from Gk. topia, plural of topion, originally "a field," dim. of topos "place." The noun is first recorded 1908, from the adjective.

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(as the trimming of hedges, trees, paths, etc, in a garden)

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