/trel"is/, n.
1. a frame or structure of latticework; lattice.
2. a framework of this kind used as a support for growing vines or plants.
3. a summerhouse, gazebo, arch, etc., made chiefly or completely of latticework.
4. Heraldry. a charge of bendlets overlying bendlets sinister, the whole being cloué at the crossings.
5. to furnish with a trellis.
6. to enclose in a trellis.
7. to train or support on a trellis.
8. to form into or like a trellis.
[1350-1400; ME trelis < MF (n.) < LL trilicius (for L trilix) woven with three threads, equiv. to L tri- TRI- + lici(um) thread + -us adj. suffix]

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      framework on which trees and climbing plants are trained. It is usually constructed of long, narrow wood or metal slats that are crisscrossed to produce square or diamond-shaped spaces.

      Trellises may also be made of any open construction, such as untrimmed branches loosely nailed or woven together, that accomplishes the same purpose. Latticed trellises are frequently used as screens.

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