A trellis is a type of structure used to guide and support climbing plants such as ivy.

Trellis is related to words for woven fabrics, and that can help you remember how a trellis looks: the material, usually a type of wood, is criss-crossed in a latticework. The purpose of the trellis is to support climbing plants, which can't stand straight like a tree or houseplant. With the aid of the trellis, the climbing plant wraps around the trellis and adds decoration to a garden. Sometimes trellis is used as a metaphor for other kinds of support.

Definitions of trellis

n latticework used to support climbing plants

a trellis on which ornamental shrub or fruit tree is trained to grow flat
Type of:
fretwork, lattice, latticework
framework consisting of an ornamental design made of strips of wood or metal

v train on a trellis, as of a vine

Type of:
cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it

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