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arboreal

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adjective ar·bo·re·al \är-ˈbȯr-ē-əl\

Simple Definition of arboreal

  • : of or relating to trees

  • : living in or often found in trees

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of arboreal

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or resembling a tree

  2. 2 :  inhabiting or frequenting trees <arboreal monkeys>

arboreally

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Did You Know?

Arbor, the Latin word for "tree," has been a rich source of tree-related words in English, though some are fairly rare. Some arbor descendants are synonyms of arboreal in the "relating to trees" sense: arboraceous, arborary, arborical, and arborous. Some are synonyms meaning "inhabiting trees": arboreous and arboricole. Others mean "resembling a tree": arborescent, arboresque, and arboriform. The verb arborize means "to branch freely," and arborvitae is the name of a shrub that means literally "tree of life." There's also arboretum and arboriculture. And we can't forget Arbor Day, which since 1872 has named a day set aside by various states (and the national government ) for planting trees. But watch out-the word arbor, in the sense of a "bower," is from Anglo-French herbe.

Origin and Etymology of arboreal

Latin arboreus of a tree, from arbor


First Known Use: circa 1667


ARBOREAL Defined for Kids

arboreal

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adjective ar·bo·re·al \är-ˈbȯr-ē-əl\

Definition of arboreal for Students

  1. 1 :  living in or often found in trees <Koalas are arboreal animals.>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to a tree <the forest's arboreal beauty>




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