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Gar·den (gärdn), Alexander 1730-1791.
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Scottish-born American naturalist and physician who described many plants and animals in South Carolina.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 
gar·den (gärdn)
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n.
1.
a. A plot of land used for the cultivation of flowers, vegetables, herbs, or fruit.
b. An arrangement of living material that is cultivated for food, as a fungus garden maintained by ants.
2. often gardens Grounds laid out with flowers, trees, and ornamental shrubs and used for recreation or display: public gardens; a botanical garden.
3. A yard or lawn.
4. A fertile, well-cultivated region.
5.
a. An open-air establishment where refreshments are served.
b. A large public auditorium or arena.
v. gar·dened, gar·den·ing, gar·dens
v.tr.
1. To cultivate (a plot of ground) as a garden.
2. To furnish with a garden.
v.intr.
1. To plant or tend a garden.
2. To work as a gardener.
adj.
1. Of, suitable to, or used in a garden: garden tools; garden vegetables.
2. Provided with open areas and greenery: a garden community.
3. Garden-variety.
Idiom:
lead/take down the garden path
To mislead or deceive (another).

[Middle English gardin, from Old North French, from gart, of Germanic origin; see gher-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 

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