1. An ornamental flower garden having the beds and paths arranged to form a pattern.
2. See parquet circle.
[French, from Old French, ornamental garden, from par terre, on the ground : par, over, on; see PARAMOUNT + terre, ground (from Old French, from Latin terra, earth; see ters- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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at the Château de Villandry
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