If you practice topiary in your yard, you'll end up with shrubs and hedges in the shapes of unicorns, lions, and giant prairie dogs, since topiary means cutting bushes into fun shapes.

Topiary is probably the only art form that requires both muscle power and pruning shears: carefully trimming live shrubs to give them artful shapes. Large, groomed gardens are the most likely spots to see the result of topiary, either in the form of animals, geometric shapes, or mazes. The Latin root of topiary is topiarius, "pertaining to ornamental gardening," from the Greek topos, or "place."

Definitions of topiary

n making decorative shapes by trimming shrubs or trees

Type of:
art, artistic creation, artistic production
the creation of beautiful or significant things

n a garden having shrubs clipped or trimmed into decorative shapes especially of animals

Type of:
a plot of ground where plants are cultivated

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