from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large table centerpiece consisting of a frame with extended arms or branches supporting holders, as for flowers, fruit, or sweetmeats.
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- n. A table centerpiece, usually made of silver, generally consisting of a central bowl with radiating dishes or holders.
Perhaps alteration of French épargne, a saving, from épargner, to save, from Old French espargnier, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)