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 for garnish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Garnish \Gar"nish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Garnished; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Garnishing.] [OE. garnischen, garnissen, OF. garnir
     to provide, strengthen, prepare, garnish, warn, F. garnir to
     provide, furnish, garnish, -- of German origin; cf. OHG.
     warn[=o]n to provide, equip; akin to G. wahren to watch, E.
     aware, ware, wary, and cf. also E. warn. See Wary, -ish,
     and cf. Garment, Garrison.]
     1. To decorate with ornamental appendages; to set off; to
        adorn; to embellish.
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              All within with flowers was garnished. --Spenser.
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     2. (Cookery) To ornament, as a dish, with something laid
        about it; as, a dish garnished with parsley.
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     3. To furnish; to supply.
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     4. To fit with fetters. [Cant] --Johnson.
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     5. (Law) To warn by garnishment; to give notice to; to
        garnishee. See Garnishee, v. t. --Cowell.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Garnish \Gar"nish\, n.
     1. Something added for embellishment; decoration; ornament;
        also, dress; garments, especially such as are showy or
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              So are you, sweet,
              Even in the lovely garnish of a boy.  --Shak.
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              Matter and figure they produce;
              For garnish this, and that for use.   --Prior.
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     2. (Cookery) Something set round or upon a dish as an
        embellishment, such as parsley. See Garnish, v. t., 2.
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     3. Fetters. [Cant]
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     4. A fee; specifically, in English jails, formerly an
        unauthorized fee demanded by the old prisoners of a
        newcomer. [Cant] --Fielding.
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     Garnish bolt (Carp.), a bolt with a chamfered or faceted
        head. --Knight.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: something (such as parsley) added to a dish for flavor or
      2: any decoration added as a trimming or adornment
      v 1: take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child
           support; "His employer garnished his wages in order to pay
           his debt" [syn: garnishee, garnish]
      2: decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods
         [syn: trim, garnish, dress]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  85 Moby Thesaurus words for "garnish":
     adjunct, adorn, adornment, annex, arrangement, array, attach,
     beautify, bedeck, bedizen, blazon, collectivize, color,
     color patterns, commandeer, communalize, communize, confiscate,
     dandify, deck, deck out, decor, decorate, decoration, distrain,
     dizen, doll up, dress, dress up, elaboration, embellish,
     embellishment, emblazon, emblazonment, emblazonry, embroider,
     embroidery, enrich, expropriate, fig out, fix up, flourish,
     flower arrangement, furbish, furniture arrangement, garnishment,
     garniture, grace, gussy up, illumination, impound, impress, levy,
     nationalize, ornament, ornamentation, paint, prank, prank up,
     preen, press, prettify, primp, primp up, prink, prink up,
     redecorate, redo, refurbish, replevin, replevy, sequester,
     sequestrate, set off, set out, smarten, smarten up, socialize,
     spruce up, titivate, trick out, trick up, trim, trimming,
     window dressing

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     overlay with stones (2 Chr. 3:6), adorn (Rev. 21:19), deck with
     garlands (Matt. 23:29), furnish (12:44).
       In Job 26:13 (Heb. shiphrah, meaning "brightness"), "By his
     spirit the heavens are brightness" i.e., are bright, splendid,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  GARNISH, Eng. law. Money paid by a prisoner to his fellow prisoners on his 
  entrance into prison. . 

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