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orchard

An orchard is a tree garden. If you visit New England in autumn, make sure to stop by a local apple orchard and pick a few baskets to take home.

From the Old English orceard blossomed our modern-day spelling of orchard, a noun meaning “fruit farm.” But you can also use the word figuratively to refer to something filled with treats or precious content. The US Congregational minister, Henry Ward Beecher, was famous for having proclaimed, “A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.”

Definitions of orchard
  1. noun
    garden consisting of a small cultivated wood without undergrowth
    synonyms: grove, plantation, woodlet
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    apple orchard
    a grove of apple trees
    lemon grove
    a grove of lemon trees
    orange grove
    grove of orange trees
    peach orchard
    a grove of peach trees
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    garden
    a plot of ground where plants are cultivated
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