Simple Definition of arboreal
: of or relating to trees
: living in or often found in trees
Full Definition of arboreal
1 : of, relating to, or resembling a tree
2 : inhabiting or frequenting trees <arboreal monkeys>
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 of arboreal
Latin arboreus of a tree, from arbor
First Known Use: circa 1667
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Definition of arboreal for Students
1 : living in or often found in trees <Koalas are arboreal animals.>
2 : of or relating to a tree <the forest's arboreal beauty>
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