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A large table centerpiece consisting of a frame with extended arms or branches supporting holders, as for flowers, fruit, or sweetmeats.
[Perhaps alteration of French épargne, a saving, from épargner, to save, from Old French espargnier, of Germanic origin.]
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(Furniture) an ornamental centrepiece for a table: a stand with holders for sweetmeats, fruit, flowers, etc
[C18: probably from French épargne a saving, from épargner to economize, of Germanic origin; compare spare]
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an ornamental stand or dish for holding fruit, flowers, etc., used as a centerpiece.
[1755–65; perhaps < French épargne treasury, saving, n. derivative of épargner to save < Germanic; compare German sparen to save, spare]
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